Saturday, July 20, 2024

Street Takeovers Addressed by CT House

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State Representative Joe Gresko (D)
121st Connecticut House District

Dear Neighbor,

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, street takeovers have become a national issue, including here in Connecticut. This cannot become the new normal. These takeovers by the illegal use of all-terrain and other types of vehicles pose a significant threat to public safety, endangering participants, innocent bystanders, and law enforcement officials.
 
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives took bipartisan and unanimous action to help cities and towns regain control of their streets as we voted 148-0 to pass HB 5413 to control takeovers, which have proven to be a concern for many of our residents.

HB 5413 seeks to provide more tools to municipalities in order to combat street takeovers, including:

  • Allowing cities and towns to destroy ATVs, dirt bikes, and motorcycles seized and forfeited for violating a municipal ordinance
  • Authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances that penalize street takeovers and impose fines as well as the seizure of vehicles
  • Changing and tightening penalties for violating state law on street takeovers, including permanent driver’s license revocation for a third violation of the statute

I am glad my bipartisan vote provides additional tools and increased penalties to cities and towns to help deter street takeovers.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

As always, if I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact my office at (860) 240-8585 or email me directly.

Joseph P. Gresko

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