CSAO: Transportation Committee - February 22, 2017 - H.B. No. 6282

TESTIMONY OF THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

IN SUPPORT OF:

Proposed H.B. No. 6282 AN ACT CONCERNING OPEN CONTAINERS IN MOTOR VEHICLES.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
February 22, 2017

The Division of Criminal Justice supports the concept of Proposed H.B. No. 6282, An Act Concerning Open Containers in Motor Vehicles, but would respectfully recommend the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE Report to encompass a comprehensive bill to address the ongoing problem of driving under the influence.

The Division of Criminal Justice is the executive branch agency established pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Connecticut responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in this state. As such, the State’s Attorneys and our other prosecutors are responsible for the prosecution of all DUI cases. In the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, we have a Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (a federally funded position, currently vacant) who focuses exclusive attention on DUI and other traffic safety issues.

While the Division has historically supported the concept of an open container law, as envisioned by H.B. No. 6282, this represents only one component of what must be a comprehensive and wide-ranging attack on drunken and drugged impaired driving. For many months, the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney has worked to develop such a comprehensive approach, and we have included it in our Legislative Recommendations to the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly. This proposal is found in the legislative recommendations posted on our website, www.ct.gov/csao, under the title of "An Act Concerning Driving While Intoxicated." We would respectfully request and recommend the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE Report for H.B. No. 6272 to incorporate the comprehensive approach.

In conclusion, the Division wishes to thank the Committee for this opportunity to provide input on this important issue. We would be happy to provide any additional information the Committee might require or to answer any questions that you might have.



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