Christie Signs Road Rage Bill Into Law

The bill is named after road rage victim Jessica Rogers, who was riding with a friend when they were cut off by another car

Friday, Apr 20, 2012  |  Updated 8:22 PM EDT
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed into law a bill that toughens penalties for road rage.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed into law a bill that toughens penalties for road rage.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed into law a bill that toughens penalties for road rage.

Christies says the law shows that people can't get away having tantrums while behind the wheel.

The bill's namesake looked on at Friday's ceremony.

Jessica Rogers was riding with a friend when they were cut off by another car.

She says her friend became angry and chased after the other car. They were cut off again and their car hit a telephone pole. Rogers was left paralyzed from the chest down.

The driver spent four months in jail. Under the revised statute, a driver could be sentenced to as much as five years in jail and fined $15,000.

The bill was unanimously passed by both chambers of New Jersey's Legislature in March.   

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