This summer saw several deadly crashes involving young drivers with passengers in the car. The latest was a crash in Hartford in August where two teenswere killed. In 2008, a series of fatal accidents involving teens spurred state lawmakers and the DMV to tighten teen driving laws. Now, the DMV is partnering with the Injury Prevention Center at CT Children's Medical Center to raise awareness about passenger safety.
Members of the state’s immigrant community are praising the passage of a bill that will allow undocumented residents in Connecticut to obtain drivers’ licenses.
Armon Morales lives in East Haven, a town with a history of discriminatory policing, including race-based traffic stops. With yesterday’s passage by the Senate of a bill that will allow all immigrants, regardless of federal immigration status, to obtain licenses in Connecticut, Morales says his community will be less afraid of law enforcement.
Many undocumented immigrants in Connecticut want to apply for a state driver's license.
As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, legislation to allow them to do so stalled in a legislative committee. Now proponents are pushing lawmakers to find another way to get the legislation before the full General Assembly.
A huge crowd turned out last night for a transportation committee public hearing in New Haven. People testified in support of proposals to allow undocumented residents in Connecticut to obtain driver’s licenses.
Close to 2,000 people crowded into Wilbur Cross High School. Angela Munoz of Bridgeport says she’s been driving for ten years without a license.
"I want my driver’s license. Because I need it for pick up my children. And I need my car for my job, too."
She says her children live in fear that she’ll be arrested.
Each month, about 100 people are released from prison and return to the city of New Haven. Many have a tough time finding work. Large employers often won’t hire ex-offenders. New Haven has passed a new ordinance that standardizes the procedure to get street vendor or food cart permits in the city.
37-year old Harold Williams was discharged from prison in January after serving 2 ½ years for selling drugs.