Will Educating NJ Drivers About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Keep Them Safer?

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of an ambulanceOne of the new laws that drivers in New Jersey will be required to follow in 2017 involves carbon monoxide poisoning education. The new law is known as the Rosa-Bonilla Family Act.

What Is the Rosa-Bonilla Family Act?

A NorthJersey.com report from last year highlighted the Rosa-Bonilla Family Act, which a law that requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission to provide carbon monoxide poisoning education to drivers. The law was proposed in 2016 following the death of a woman and her two kids in Passaic. The mother and her children died from carbon monoxide poisoning when the tailpipe of the car they were in became clogged with snow during a blizzard last January.

Reportedly, while the children’s father was shoveling snow off the family’s vehicle, the children and their mother got inside the running car to escape the cold. While the father was shoveling, the car filled with carbon monoxide because the tailpipe was clogged with snow. The mother and the couple’s son died in the car from the fumes. The couple’s daughter was taken to the hospital for treatment, where she died days later.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a gas that forms during combustion created from a fire, stove or engine. It is tasteless, colorless and odorless. It is poisonous and can quickly kill people in an enclosed space, such as the interior of a car or truck.

Is There More That Could Be Done to Protect Vehicle Occupants from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Educating drivers about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to prevent it from happening to them a great first step. However, many homes and businesses contain carbon monoxide detectors, which alert occupants if carbon monoxide fume levels become too high. Maybe it’s time that automakers be required to install similar devices in vehicles to help protect drivers and passengers from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Donald G. Targan & Associate New Jersey personal injury law firm has been successfully representing car accident victims as well as victims of other forms of personal injury in Atlantic City and throughout New Jersey since 1969.

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