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Raised Bill No. 1052

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 6075

 

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Referred to Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE EFFICACY OF FINES AS A DETERRENT FOR EXCESSIVE SPEEDING.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a working group to analyze the efficacy of fines as a deterrent for excessive speeding. The working group shall consist of (1) the Commissioners of Revenue Services, Motor Vehicles and Emergency Services and Public Protection, or their designees, (2) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or the secretary's designee, (3) the Chief State's Attorney or the Chief State's Attorney's designee, (4) the Chief Public Defender or the Chief Public Defender's designee, (5) a clerk of the Centralized Infractions Bureau designated by the Chief Court Administrator, (6) a representative of a municipal police department designated by the president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, (7) a representative of the Connecticut State Police designated by the president of the Connecticut State Police Union, and (8) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, the judiciary, public safety and transportation.

(b) The working group shall study available data related to the frequency of the imposition of fines for such violations, the percentage of such fines that are paid, the percentage of such fines that are contested, the average total amount of such fines collected in a fiscal year and the estimated costs associated with the imposition and collection of such fines, procedures used by police officers with respect to drivers who are speeding, statistical comparisons with other states and nationally and any other information or materials that may assist the working group to evaluate whether the existing fines and procedures serve a sufficiently deterrent purpose. The working group may consult with any individuals or entities the working group deems appropriate to conduct its analysis and to determine alternative methods and systems that may be considered for implementation to more effectively promote safe driving.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a working group to analyze the efficacy of fines as a deterrent for excessive speeding.

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