Reckless drivers can imperil Connecticut pedestrians of any age. For example, New Haven police are searching for the driver of a white van that struck a 9-year-old girl as she ran from a school bus at the intersection of Ferry and Pine Streets during the morning of Mar. 18.
The Connecticut General Assembly is considering two bills this session that would expand workers' compensation benefits coverage for mental trauma stemming from witnessing violent events such as the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The bills would return benefits that were lost when the law was overhauled in 1993 to lower costs.
Motorcyclists have virtually no protection or structural defense against larger vehicles. These dangers are even further compounded when the driver of the other vehicle is elderly and suffers physical limitations.
Just to the east of Hartford, police arrested a 21-year-old Preston man earlier this week. The young man appears to have been out drinking and driving the night of his 21st birthday. Not only had he been drinking, but police report that his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Despite leading police on a chase before he was finally arrested, he was fortunate that he avoided causing an accident and serious injuries.