Reckless Speeding Blamed For Deaths

Full story: Hartford Courant

Worried about reaching home before her 11:30 p.m. curfew, 16-year-old Alyssa Roy of Farmington sent a text message from the back seat of Sean Landry's car to let a friend know where she was: " Terryville going ...
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willy lump lump

New Hartford, CT

#3 Feb 9, 2008
The two comments preceding are totally uncalled for. He was wrong , but to respond in such a manner is crude and uncalled for.
Game Over

AOL

#4 Feb 9, 2008
It sounds like too much Xbox 360 and not enough real-world driving experience. Who can we sue this time? The Prosecuter? The Police? The Civil Engineer who designed the curve? The makers of Xbox 360?
court failure

Eastham, MA

#5 Feb 9, 2008
This is cops taking enforcement action and the court dropping the ball. People keep speeding, b/c even when they get ticketed, the court drops or lowers the charges. Come on CT courts, gets some backbone.
Retired-Cop

AOL

#6 Feb 9, 2008
New law: must be 18 to operate a motor vehicle. Any questions, view above photo.
Brian

New Hartford, CT

#8 Feb 9, 2008
Because there are not enough police on the streets, people who do get a speeding ticket got away with speeding hundreds of times before. The courts need to view the violator as someone who committed this violation many times, not as someone who just happened to make a "mistake" one time.

When a person gets a second speeding ticket, this means that not only did they not learn from the punishment the court imposed the first time, but they continued to do it hundreds of times again, leading to finally getting caught once again. Again, the courts must view this not as someone who just sped twice, but rather did it hundreds of times and just got caught twice.

DgD

“Angel of Justice”

Since: Jul 07

military town,usa

#9 Feb 9, 2008
Makes a parent want to change the curfew thing, to, call us and we'll work someting out, Take it slow but get home, and no kid that age needs a car like that, what was his parents thinking??? HELLOW, can you see SPEED....What a damn shame, God bless the parents of the victims
OTHER CT RESIDENT

New Haven, CT

#10 Feb 9, 2008
New law: must be 18 to operate a motor vehicle. I totally agree. At sixteen most teens don't have the skill to drive a car defensively, not to mention poor judgement regarding alcohol, drugs and speeding.
Bristol Mom

Bristol, CT

#11 Feb 9, 2008
I've known 18 year olds who are less responsible than 16 year olds. Its not the age, its the maturity level. The new law should be any excessive speed violation under the age of 21 is immediate revoking of the offender's license, attending classes to get it back, and getting it back at the age of 21 with the same restrictions currently on new drivers. If kids start to see friends losing their licenses, it might make them think twice.
jd southbury

Portland, CT

#12 Feb 9, 2008
I hope everyone will tell their legislators to support the use of cameras on the roads.
This wasn't the first time this kid was going 100 mph ++. Cameras could have caught him ten times. Then he would have either wised up or lost his license.
France has had cameras for ten years. Ask anyone what a diffference it has made.
Truely night and day.
Anti-Connecticut

Salem, CT

#14 Feb 9, 2008
I agree that the age for licensing should remain 16 or therabouts, because there are many responsible teenagers who drive themselves to work and provide help to their parents with transporting siblings. However, I think a prudent change to the law might be that at any point under 21, if a driver gets a reckless driving charged, it should be revoked without redress until the age of 21 and paid completion of an extensive driving program. Which would include work experience in a morgue and participation in MADD programming.
Caitlin

United States

#15 Feb 9, 2008
Two speeding tickets, especially if you are going that fast, should be revocation of ANYBODY's license. Age should have no bearing.
jeff

Santa Monica, CA

#16 Feb 9, 2008
the killer was 19, what a creepy dude hangin our with such young people, maybe they were impressed by his Jap piece of junk that goes way to fast. Big man showing off any idiot can point a car and stuff it it takes a real man to be able to control a vehicle and know when and where it is safe to get on it, not with a car load of children
jeff

Santa Monica, CA

#17 Feb 9, 2008
Brian wrote:
Because there are not enough police on the streets, people who do get a speeding ticket got away with speeding hundreds of times before. The courts need to view the violator as someone who committed this violation many times, not as someone who just happened to make a "mistake" one time.
When a person gets a second speeding ticket, this means that not only did they not learn from the punishment the court imposed the first time, but they continued to do it hundreds of times again, leading to finally getting caught once again. Again, the courts must view this not as someone who just sped twice, but rather did it hundreds of times and just got caught twice.
No car should be able to exceed 55 mph
RIP SEAN

New Britain, CT

#18 Feb 9, 2008
Hey Jeff
My cousin was 18, he was hanging with kids his own age, read the article
The family is still devastated to this day
Keep your posts humane
Use this as an example of careless driving and lives cut short
End Game

West Hartford, CT

#20 Feb 9, 2008
The State of Ct. and the Towns should be held responsible for this as well as the family of the driver. He never should have been on the road if the courts would do there job. We have people who drive a desk for a living making policy for this state when it should be people who see this everyday. This is a joke. CT. is a RE-ACTIVE State when it should be a PROACTIVE (meaning do somthing before it happens). Avon Mtn. is proof of that. So lets build a multi million dollar truck ramp. I hope the State Government . feels better now. Lets put cameras up after the Tanker Crash... ETC>>>>
Barbara

Pittsfield, MA

#21 Feb 9, 2008
It is interesting that the father's statement of being appalled that his son got his license back after going to court, yet the another car was provided for him, a faster one at that. The court didn't buy that. Wake up. If a parent feels the a young adult, back when he was 16, wasn't driving properly or safely, do something about it. Top many times raising children and guding them is left to outside the home forces. Where are the parents?
ny law

Brooklyn, NY

#22 Feb 9, 2008
3 speeding tix in 18 months means automatic license suspension. even if they were all 5 over the speed limit - points dont matter, only that there are 3. plus, i heard in ct you dont get any pts on your license if you pay the fine on time??? that's the dumbest thing i've ever heard
bookemdan-o

Hartford, CT

#23 Feb 9, 2008
RIP SEAN wrote:
Hey Jeff
My cousin was 18, he was hanging with kids his own age, read the article
The family is still devastated to this day
Keep your posts humane
Use this as an example of careless driving and lives cut short
an example of careless driving? you've got to be kiddin'. i'd hate to see the look on those innocent passengers as they did mach 2 in that meat missle..
Marie

Meriden, CT

#24 Feb 9, 2008
Barbara wrote:
It is interesting that the father's statement of being appalled that his son got his license back after going to court, yet the another car was provided for him, a faster one at that. The court didn't buy that. Wake up. If a parent feels the a young adult, back when he was 16, wasn't driving properly or safely, do something about it. Top many times raising children and guding them is left to outside the home forces. Where are the parents?
It wasn't his father that made the statement. Mr. Roy, the father of one of the young girls, made the statement. If you are going to point fingers at least know whatbyou are talking about.
Marie

Meriden, CT

#25 Feb 9, 2008
Gotta say it wrote:
I dont want to be the jerk here, but the tough question hasnt been asked. Why didnt you know where your daughter was, Mr. Roy? You demand tougher driving laws for these punk kids (which I fully support), but the question is why did you not know beforehand that your daughter was getting into a car with this idiot? I completely understand letting our teenage children spread their wings, but there is a limit. One of lifes lessons is that teenage kids do not get into a car with anyone unless I as a parent have their entire life history on file.
Have you raised any children? If so, how old are they? If you honestly believe that any parent knows what their teen is doing and who he or she is with every second of every day then you are living in a la la land. I raised three kids to adulthood and thank God every day that they made it safely out of their teenage years.

God bless and comfort the families of these young folks, all four of them.

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