Connecticut Lawmakers Weigh Stricter Teen-Driving Laws

March 7, 2008

Connecticut lawmakers are hoping a bill aimed at tightening teen driving laws will clear its first legislative hurdle today.

That’s when a vote in the Transportation Committee is scheduled.
The bill – a combination of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposal and ideas put forth by lawmakers – would allow police to seize the driver’s license of teens in certain circumstances. It also increases the number of required hours of training teens must undergo, increases restrictions on when a teen can drive and increases various penalties.

“It’s obvious that our teens are getting into more trouble and having a harder time staying safe than any other demographic driving,” said Sen. Sam Caligiuri, R-Waterbury.

There have been several high-profile, deadly crashes in recent years involving teens in Connecticut. Rell, who convened a task force on the issue, this week urged lawmakers to pass the reforms as soon as possible.

Caligiuri suggested lawmakers add some provisions to the bill, such as revoking licenses for teens caught drinking and driving, and changing the definition of reckless driving to include people who drive 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

Reckless driving is now defined as driving in excess of 85 mph.

Topics Legislation Personal Auto Connecticut

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