N.J. considers making it illegal to drive under influence of inhalants

A New Jersey Senate panel has advanced legislation that would make it illegal to drive under the influence of an inhalant.

Breathing fumes from an aerosol can to get high, something known as ‘huffing’, is becoming more prevalent among teens and young adults, said state Sen. Steve Oroho, R-Sussex.

“It is extremely debilitating for a short period of time and extremely, extremely dangerous where people can die from it from just having one big huff,” he said Thursday.

Oroho’s bill is called Kimmie’s Law in memory of a 16-year-old Sussex County girl killed in car crash in 2007.

The driver was before the crash but could not be charged under current laws for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he said.

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