Connecticut officials are pushing to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the state’s roadways. This effort has taken two distinct paths. One involves use of innovative technology and the other changes to current driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws.
What new technology is under review?
The state’s Department of Transportation recently announced involvement in a new initiative, Driven to Protect. The initiative includes use of innovative technology, the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The device measures intoxication by analyzing breath and tissue samples. It measures the breath alcohol level in the cabin of the vehicle using sensors above the steering column, glove box, passenger’s door, and driver’s door. Experts explain that the locations should allow the system to distinguish between an inebriated driver and passenger. DADSS also utilizes a touch sensor to analyze tissue alcohol measurements through the use of lasers.
At this time, the tech is included in some state vehicles and is gathering information to help refine the software. The makers of DADSS hope that consumers and lawmakers will push for inclusion of the device within new vehicles.
What legislative efforts are under consideration?
Sen. Saud Anwar recently proposed a law that would enhance penalties for those convicted of drunk driving. Some notable provisions within the proposal include:
- Revocation of bail. The lawmaker has proposed that the courts remove the option for bail if the accident results in death to another.
- Premeditation. The proposal also calls for the state to treat second offenses as premediated actions with enhanced penalties.
As of this writing, the proposal is currently under review.
What does this mean for those accused of DUI in Connecticut?
Lawmakers are pushing for harsh penalties and looking to crackdown on drunk driving in the state. The penalties are already severe and, depending on the details, can come with steep financial penalties and potential imprisonment. Those who face allegations of a violation are wise to keep in mind that they have options — they can fight back. An attorney experienced in criminal defense can review your situation and discuss defense strategies that result in a reduction or even dismissal of charges.