Photo (left to right): State Rep. Brian Ohler, Karen Jarmoc (CCADV Chief Executive Officer), State Rep. Pam Staneski, State Rep. William Petit.
HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) attended the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) press conference at the Legislative Office Building on Friday, February 23rd. Legislators from all four legislative caucuses were present to support CCADV’s call to implement a dominant aggressor provision within the existing state laws dictating arrest protocol in cases of family violence.
“Due to the mandatory arrest provision the dual arrest rate in the State of Connecticut is nearly three times the national average. When an individual is aggressive or violent, law enforcement has to make real-time decisions. However, a dominant aggressor provision would immediately lessen the amount of dual arrest intakes, lessen the burden on our judicial system, and ultimately provide victims with blanket of courage to call for help and report these crimes” explained Rep. Ohler.
As both a State Representative and a local First Responder I have become increasing aware of the recent uptick in motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian vs. vehicle incidents that have occurred on our state and local roads. While I understand that each town has their own Local Traffic Authority, in many cases this is the First Selectman, I thought it was imperative for all of us to meet collectively to further discuss these issues.
Today’s meeting provided local leaders the opportunity to air their concerns directly to state law enforcement and transportation executives. After each town was reviewed, it became increasing clear that there were many similarities between our small towns. Issues that were brought up were existing speed limits, an increase in road lighting and road signage, and overall road layout and design.
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