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Passaic Mayor's Carbon Monoxide Education Effort Gets Hearing In Trenton

Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco.
Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco. Photo Credit: Facebook

PASSAIC, N.J. -- Legislation supported by Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco to educate motorists about the dangers of carbon monoxide that can seep into cars during snow storms was slated for a hearing last week before the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Meeting at the State House Annex in Trenton.

The legislation, Assembly Bill No. 3662, known as the "Rosa-Bonilla Family Act," is a legislative effort to educate motorists after a Jan. 23 incident in which a local Passaic mother and her two children were killed when a snow-clogged tailpipe caused carbon monoxide to seep into their motor vehicle as they waited for it to warm-up while the children’s father cleared the snow that surrounded it.

The bill requires The Motor Vehicle Commission to include questions concerning the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from motor vehicles and techniques for the safe operation and proper maintenance of a vehicle as a part of the written examination required to obtain an examination permit and basic driver’s license, along with the development of an informational brochure explaining the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from motor vehicles and techniques for the safe operation and proper maintenance of a vehicle.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36), Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36) and Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37).

To read the previous Daily Voice article about the legislation, click here.

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