Bill would help car rental firms flag potential terrorists


NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A bipartisan bill would help car rental companies identify customers who have been flagged by authorities for terrorism-related activities.

The proposed bill announced Monday by Democratic New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer is named after a New Jersey resident killed two years ago in a truck attack on a bike path in New York City. Suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly used a rented truck in the attack.

The Darren Drake Act would require car and truck rental companies to check customers’ names against a list provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

The 32-year-old Drake worked at the World Trade Center and was out for a bike ride when he was struck and killed. Seven other people died in the attack.

Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is co-sponsoring the legislation with Gottheimer.

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