A 33-year-old New Britain woman is facing four years in prison after pleading guilty to drunk driving. She also received five years of probation for the automobile accident that killed a 32-year-old paramedic. The woman pleaded guilty to second degree assault with a motor vehicle and second degree manslaughter.
A bill that went before a public hearing during the last week of February could change Connecticut's open container law if it is passed. The law, which currently allows passengers in a moving vehicle to have an open container of alcohol, puts the state in a minority with 10 other states that still allow what is known as "drunk riding."
A 48-year-old Connecticut woman who allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident currently remains behind bars on a $750,000 bond. She is expected to be in court on Monday, Feb. 23 for her first court appearance. The woman is facing multiple charges, including felony evading responsibility, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating without insurance, reckless driving and second degree manslaughter.
A 30-year-old school bus driver from Willimantic, Connecticut, is behind bars and facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly driving under the influence while in the process of transporting a group of special needs students and a teacher's aide in Norwich, Connecticut. Charges against the man include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, risk of injury to a minor and driving under the influence.
You know that drunk driving is an issue in Connecticut and all across the United States, but do you know all of the raw statistics? If you have not discussed these before, it can be quite jarring to look at some of the numbers, as they have been reported over the years.
When parents put their kids on a bus, they hope that the other kids will be nice to them. They also hope that the driver will be a safe, responsible driver who will get the kids to their school at the beginning of the day and back home when school is done without incident. One of parents' worst fears is to have a school bus driver who will put their children in jeopardy. Unfortunately, that happened in a recent drunk driving incident.
Sometimes, even Connecticut pedestrians aren't safe from being hit by wayward drivers in motor vehicle accidents. Pedestrian can be walking in an area that they believe is safe, with most cars just passing by. However, if just one of the drivers of one of those cars operates his or her vehicle in an unsafe manner, a motor vehicle accident can occur. One did recently in a tragic drunk driving accident that resulted in the pedestrian being injured.
A new law was recently passed in Connecticut that is going to change the way that the state approaches those who are convicted for driving while under the influence of alcohol, with an overall goal of reducing accidents. Under this law, those offenders are going to have to use ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. The installation of such devices for first offenders is going to start sometime in the middle of 2015.
Family members of a victim who died in an alleged drunk driving wreck have filed dram shop suits against five local bars that served alcohol to the at-fault driver. The Connecticut family filed the suit in late April, and they are seeking compensation from five bars in Norwalk, Westport and Fairfield. These establishments could be held liable for as much as $250,000 in damages because of their relationship to the drunk driving accident.
A woman accused of striking and seriously injuring a Connecticut state trooper will serve 18 months in custody for her role in the injurious crash. The woman's full sentence was for five years, but the remainder of that time is slated to be suspended, and she will spend three years on probation after her release. The woman accepted a plea deal in connection with the drunk driving accident.