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Driving Under the Influence

CT Proposed Bill No. 5101 - Driving Under the Influence

General Assembly - February Session, 2008
Referred to Joint Committee on Transportation
Introduced by: Rep. Hovey (R), 112th District
Disposition: Pending

AN ACT INCREASING THE FINES FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR OR ANY DRUG, OR BOTH.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: 
That subsection (g) of section 14-277a of the general statues be amended to increase the fines for persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, by $5,000, and that half of the fine shall be remitted to the municipality in which the violation occurred and half the fine shall be deposited in the General Fund.

Statement of Purpose
To increase the fines for driving under the influence and thereby help to deter drinking and driving.

Hardcore Drunk Drivers - Connecticut State Profile

Hardcore drunk drivers can be defined as those who drive with a high blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above, who do so repeatedly, as demonstrated by having more than one drunk driving arrest, and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment or education.

The National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project has compiled a profile of the state of Conecticut, comprised of the following information:

  • DWI Record Keeping & Reporting: Driving records are a primary means of tracking the problem of hardcore drunk drivers.
  • Swift Identification: The quick detection, identification, and assessment of those who repeatedly drive drunk are essential to keeping the hardcore drunk drivers off the road.
  • Certain Punishment: The application of swift and certain penalties that restrict the offender from driving, punish the offense and rehabilitate the offender must be imposed consistently to change hardcore behavior.
  • Effective Treatment: Treatment and rehabilitation programs that change hardcore drunk driver behavior and lifestyles play an important role in reducing recidivism.
  • Innovative Tactics: New breathalyzers; DUI media campaign

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