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Safety group presses for new laws to reduce state's car accidents

The majority of teenagers cannot wait until they hit the magical age of 16 and the possibility of obtaining their driver's license. This could be on a list for revisions though if one safety group is successful in its efforts to reduce the numbers of serious car accidents in Connecticut. The numbers of fatal crashes has steadily increased in the state over the past several years.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety issued a report that compiles the numbers of serious crashes throughout the nation. The president of the group stated that hoping for new technology such as automated driving cars to prevent accidents is not realistic at this time. It lists the states according to a color chart that reflects the numbers of fatal crashes along with whether the state has enacted any laws that the group proposes to increase safety.

Connecticut has been categorized by the group as a "yellow" state due to its slow increase in crashes. Though the state reported a slight decrease last year, its overall numbers have risen over the past several years. Safety advocates have praised the state for revising the law requiring children under age two to be in a rear-facing car seat. It has been recommended that the state revise its motorcycle helmet, teen driving and safety belt laws.

According to the group's statistics, there are 13 laws that could be enacted or modified that could increase the safety of the roads. Some of these proposals include tougher laws for impaired driving and lack of safety belt use along with changing the age for acquiring a driver's license. Connecticut families who have been affected by the tragedy caused by car accidents often have the added burden of monetary damages. They may seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney in an effort to seek compensation for those damages caused by the negligence of another party.

Source:, "Report: Connecticut could do more to stop highway deaths", Cedar Attanasio, Jan. 22, 2018

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