CONNECTICUT: Cure for Speeders

Last December Connecticut's Democratic Governor Abraham Ribicoff decided to take drastic action to reduce his state's automobile accident rate. On his order (and a warning that no crackdown would mean no reappointment), Connecticut judges began handing speeders 30-day license suspensions on first arrest and 60-day suspensions for second offenses. With mixed prudence and pride, Connecticut motorists trod more lightly on the gas pedal. Last week Ribicoff happily announced the first fruits of his campaign: in the first three months of this year, Connecticut traffic fatalities were nearly 15% lower (down to 63) than in the first quarter of 1955.


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