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September 2016 Archives

Do you have to provide a DNA sample when police ask for one?

In some cities across the country, police officers are asking people for DNA samples, even if they haven't been accused of or arrested for a crime. While citizens aren't required to give these samples (via a swabbing of the inside of their cheek), many don't realize that.

Know Connecticut's distracted driving laws

Connecticut saw a 45 percent increase in vehicle fatalities in the first half of 2016. That shocking statistic was cited recently by State Senator Tony Hwang, who believes that distracted driving, and particularly texting while driving, is a significant factor behind that increase.

Could the Textalyzer be in our future?

Although states are increasingly making the use of cellphones and other mobile devices illegal for drivers, the number of crashes in which cellphones were involved continues to rise. According to the National Safety Council, last year they were to blame for a quarter of all collisions in the country. This includes not just talking on the phone, but texting. The use of a handheld device to talk or text is illegal here in Connecticut.

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