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POLL: Connecticut DUI Drivers To Get Licenses Back More Quickly - If They Install a Breathalyzer

New legislation will come into operation July 1.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Governor Dannel Malloy signed new legislation Tuesday for people convicted of drunk driving in Connecticut.

The new legislation will allow drivers charged or convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to get their licenses back after a 45 day suspension, rather than the 90 days that is currently the law.

This shorter suspension requires these drivers to only drive cars that have in-car breathalyzers, which tests the alcohol levels in a driver’s breath before allowing the car to start. The legislation will come into effect July 1.

The bill targets “people who have already demonstrated a propensity for driving while drunk and discourages them from doing so again,” Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, told Patch.

“This means people will still be able to drive to work and get on with their lives,” Lawlor continued.

Lawlor explained the initiative for the bill came from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), a nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD’s focus has recently been on prevention of drink driving to great success, according to Lawlor.

The number of drink-related driving fatalities in Connecticut fell 25 percent in the last 10 years, according to figures from The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

Do you think this is going to make Connecticut’s roads safer? Let us know in the Comments section or in the above poll.





Craig Zac July 03, 2014 at 09:01 AM
but how will it know if its the person driving that's blowing into it? I can see drunks getting some not so drunk person to blow in his breath thing! lol
Tmc July 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM
It's a felony to do so...fyi
Chet Bacon July 19, 2014 at 09:49 AM
It is an illness that needs treating, just like mental illness the state does little to nothing. I know alcoholics who have gotten tickets only to continue to drive drunk, it does nothing to treat their illness to take away their license. I hope people realize this is a serious disease in our country and world not just a passing thing.
Tmc July 19, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Illness? More like just a selfish, idiotic, endeavor. Don't get behind the wheel if you're drunk PERIOD!
Igor July 19, 2014 at 06:10 PM
So Chet what to suggest just let them drive drunk? In Japan you can get up to 3 years for DUI. Here you get a slap on the wrist and no dessert after dinner.

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