OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5462

AN ACT REQUIRING THE SUSPENSION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE FOR MULTIPLE OCCURRENCES OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITHOUT A LICENSE.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the motor vehicles commissioner to treat an individual's second or subsequent conviction for driving without a driver's license as a 90-day license “suspension. ” It prohibits the commissioner from issuing the offender a license until (1) this 90-day period expires and (2) the offender has satisfied all applicable license requirements. The law already prohibits the commissioner from issuing a driver's license, for a period of time the commissioner determines, to a person who drives without holding a Connecticut driver's license (CGS 14-111 (g)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

Penalties for Driving Without a License

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle (1) without a driver's license or (2) when the driver's license or right to operate in Connecticut ( if a nonresident) has been suspended or revoked.

By law, a first violation of driving without a license is an infraction that carries a fine of between $ 75 and $ 90; subsequent offenses carry a fine of between $ 250 and $ 350, up to 30 days in jail, or both.

In addition, someone who violated either of the above laws (e. g. , operated without a license or under suspension) once before must be fined an additional amount up to $ 500 or sentenced to up to 100 hours of community service. Someone who violated either of the above laws at least twice before, or both at least once before, faces a prison sentence of one year, and must serve at least 90 days (CGS 14-36 (i)).

Related Law

The law prohibits the commissioner from issuing a driver's license for at least one year to anyone age 17 or less who is convicted of operating a motor vehicle without a license, if the commissioner finds that the offender did not hold a license at the time of the offense (CGS 14-36k).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Transportation Committee

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

37

Nay

0

(03/14/2012)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

45

Nay

0

(03/28/2012)