Anti-DUI advocate Adinolfi announces new legislative push

HARTFORD – State Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-103) today announced he will reintroduce a bill aimed at cracking down on intoxicated driving with children in the vehicle, pushing for stronger penalties against those convicted.

During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. Adinolfi received overwhelming support on a similar bill which increased criminal penalties and allowed intoxicated drivers to be charged with a felony risk of injury to a child. Although the bill passed the House of Representatives 144-3, it met its demise on the floor of the state Senate prior to the midnight deadline.

Rep. Adinolfi said he feels confident the bill will gain more support this time around.

“The bottom line is we need to do whatever we can to ensure public safety and eliminate drunk driving,” Rep. Adinolfi said. “That’s why the legislature hopes to crack down with more stringent penalties for child endangerment and discourage multiple DUI offenders in its upcoming lawmaking session. Unfortunately, these issues of people driving drunk with kids have become a problem. We can’t have more people – more children – hurt by drunk drivers’ reckless decision making.”

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently named Rep. Adinolfi as one of its Legislative Champions of 2013, joining 89 other state lawmakers throughout the entire country. In addition to the national recognition, Rep. Adinolfi received the organization’s Connecticut chapter’s 2013 Public Policy Award for his work in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Connecticut State Police on Jan. 2 alerted the public to 18 drunken driving arrests between Dec. 30 and Jan. 2, and the agency issued more than 1,500 tickets in that time.

The 2014 legislative session begins on Feb. 5 and closes May 7. Between those dates, the bill has many hoops and hurdles it must overcome while being vetted before it approaches a vote in the House and Senate chambers.

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