State Takes on Drunken Boating

By AnneMarie Harper
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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State Takes on Drunken Boating

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MADD Connecticut works to strengthen drinking while boating laws

In July 2007, Susan Brandes, 53, of South Windsor, was on a sailboat on the Connecticut River when she died in a crash. The driver of the boat was accused of being drunk and sentenced to four years in prison.

On Monday, Mothers Against Driving will be testifying on behalf of a bill they hope will end the behavior that killed Brandes and strengthen criminal penalties for operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

The Senate Bill 272 " An Act Concerning Drunk Boating."

Gregory Seige, of Madison, pleaded no contest" to manslaughter and boating under the influence charges.”

Prosecutors say Seige was drunk when he fell off his boat and it continued along the Connecticut River off Old Saybrook, slicing through a sailboat and killing Brandes.
 

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