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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Leone Leads Passage of Bill to Punish Bad Drivers, Reward Towns

State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford), who is Senate Co-Chair of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, announced today that the state Senate has approved a bill which increases by $5 (from $15 to $20) the administrative fee that people have to pay for certain motor vehicle infractions, such as reckless driving and driving under the influence.

The additional fee—which is expected to bring in an additional $500,000 a year—goes directly to the city or town where the infraction takes place in order to help enforce safer streets.

Senate Bill 655 passed out of the Transportation Committee on May 17 on a bipartisan and unanimous 35-0 vote, then passed the state Senate today on a mostly party-line 19-15 vote. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“If you don’t break the law by speeding or driving recklessly or driving drunk, you don’t have anything to worry about with this bill. If you do break the law, you’re going to be giving five dollars to the city or town where you commit the infraction,” said Sen. Leone. “This bill passed unanimously in the Transportation Committee, so I was a little surprised to see that it didn’t pass unanimously in the Senate, but I’m confident it will pass in the House and be signed into law by the governor.”

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