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Lawmakers Seek To Strengthen Penalties To Deter ‘Street Takeovers’

Screenshot from video of ATVs and other vehicles riding on both sides of Farmington Avenue near Riggs Road. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford often has parades of ATVs and other off-road vehicles speeding through town.

By Hudson Kamphausen, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Following a rash of “street takeovers” in municipalities around the state, lawmakers are looking to strengthen the options available to law enforcement as they deal with the “lawlessness” on Connecticut’s roads.

Senate Bill 337 would give law enforcement more autonomy over the vehicles that they seize from those who participate in the takeovers, which usually consist of large groups of ATVs or other vehicles blocking roads or intersections, drawing hundreds of young people for parties that have repeatedly escalated into violence, including fatalities, around the country.

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