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House Bill No. 5352

Public Act No. 03-233

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUSPENSION OF MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS' LICENSES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) (a) No person whose operator's license or right to operate a motor vehicle in this state has been suspended pursuant to section 14-140 of the general statutes for failure to appear for any scheduled court appearance shall operate any motor vehicle during the period of such suspension.

(b) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall, for a first offense, be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both, and, for any subsequent offense, be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than six hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 14-215 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) No person to whom an operator's license has been refused, or, except as provided in section 1 of this act, whose operator's license or right to operate a motor vehicle in this state has been suspended or revoked, shall operate any motor vehicle during the period of such refusal, suspension or revocation. No person shall operate or cause to be operated any motor vehicle, the registration of which has been refused, suspended or revoked, or any motor vehicle, the right to operate which has been suspended or revoked.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) The court shall not accept a plea of guilty or nolo contendere from a person in a proceeding with respect to a violation of section 14-110, subsection (b) or (c) of section 14-147, section 14-215, subsection (a) of section 14-222, subsection (a) or (b) of section 14-224 or section 53a-119b of the general statutes unless the court advises such person that conviction of the offense for which such person has been charged may have the consequence of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles suspending such person's motor vehicle operator's license.

Approved July 9, 2003