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Why Are Train Engineers Fighting NJ Transit Over DUI Law?

A 2016 NJ Transit DUI law has become the basis for legal claims being brought against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Attorney General Christopher Porrino. The lawsuit was filed by unions working on behalf NJ Transit train engineers who oppose the DUI law and feel it should not apply to NJ Transit employees. What Is the NJ Transit DUI Law? The rule at the center of the controversy is a state law that does not allow people whose driver’s license has been suspended because of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction to operate a NJ Transit train. The NJ Transit DUI law took effect last August following a report that surfaced a few months earlier that an engineer was operating trains despite having his driver’s license suspended for 10 years after committing several drunk driving offenses. Why Is the Train Engineers’ Union Pushing Back Against the DUI Law? The…
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Is NJ Transit to Blame for Crash Victims’ Injuries?

A man is suing NJ transit after the tragic train crash in Hoboken caused him to lose his finger. The case is likely the first of many to come from the train accident, as victims start to look for who is responsible for their injuries. This particular man says he was sleeping at the time of the accident. He briefly woke, but did not realize that the train was speeding up instead of slowly down. In addition to losing his finger, he also suffered injuries to his neck and face. How Could NJ Transit Be Responsible? The case claims that the transit system did not do its part to provide a safe environment for passengers. There are plenty of arguments for why this might be the case. We already wrote a post about how positive train control could have prevented this train accident, and it is possible that by failing…
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Could Technology Have Prevented the Tragic NJ Train Crash?

Experts are saying that technology might have been able to prevent the recent train crash in NJ. After the accident killed one and injured more than 100 people, many panicked and began searching for any answers on how to prevent future calamities. There have been many promising safety suggestions, but it appears that people in the business have known how to improve train safety for years now. In fact, there is already a well-accepted technology that makes trains safer. The solution is known as positive train control. Positive train control has existed in some form since the 1990s. It has been implemented successfully in some areas, but has yet to make its way to the NJ trains yet. After seeing the numbers behind positive train control, the United States Congress ruled that all American rail companies would eventually need to make the switch. The deadline was initially set for 2015,…
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