In New Jersey, reckless driving is a serious offense, with the potential for five insurance points, as well as five points on your driving record. You won't risk the automatic loss of driving privileges if you are convicted of reckless driving, but the court has the discretion to temporarily take away your license. In addition, the points you receive can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges, a fine of up to $200 and up to 60 days in jail.
A Toms River, New Jersey, woman hired to look after a baby boy for a few hours, was found upon the mother's return passed out - after having drank to excess. Susan Porfido Gibson, 50, left the child crying in a soiled diaper while she drank, and then slept.
A southern New Jersey school bus driver has pleaded guilty to driving drunk with 25 students on board. Carole Crockett, 48, of Shamong also pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Crockett was working for a private transportation company. Crockett was arrested in November 2011 while driving students home from Westampton Middle School. Burlington County prosecutors report the plea agreement calls for Crockett to receive a 3-year prison term when she is sentenced in January. Full article.
Phillip Tomsic, A former Lincoln University student, has been given a sentence that is beyond minimum sentencing guidelines. Tomsic will serve five to 10 years behind bars for a November 2011 crash near the southeastern Pennsylvania campus that killed one friend and seriously injured another. The Chester County judge went beyond the minimum sentencing guidelines on Thursday for 23-year-old Tomsic as a warning to young people who drink and drive. Tomsic was convicted in August of charges including vehicular homicide and aggravated assault while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors said Tomsic hit a tree at more than 85 miles an hour. His friend Anthony Washington was killed instantly and friend Kadeem Fulmore lost his right foot and his left leg and suffered brain injury and severe burns. Fulmore is still hospitalized.
The biggest New Jersey social host liability case was settled at the end of 2011 and made national news, especially among attorneys, small business owners and parents.