State Sen. Paul Cicarella (R-34) applauded the Senate's unanimous passage of S.B. 608, which seeks to increase safety for children when buying ice cream from frozen dessert trucks. The bill has bipartisan support from lawmakers and was written in response to a fatal incident in Cheshire involving a Wallingford child, Tristan Barhorst, last summer.
"Thank you to the Carrano and Barhorst family for their bravery and advocacy for this bill. Also, thanks to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for moving this very important bill for child safety forward," said Cicarella.
"When I first heard about this situation I was working on a similar case in my private business. I was shocked to find that there were not existing common-sense safety measures for these trucks to protect pedestrians, especially young children. I'm happy that our Transportation Committee and all Senate colleagues have worked together to honor Tristan's memory to possibly save the lives of other children.
"Many children have also suffered injuries, some permanent and life-altering, each year, yet we have not heard about them. Connecticut is the only state in our area that does not have existing safety measures in place; this bill is common-sense. I am hopeful that a positive can come out of this tragedy."
Sen. Paul Cicarella represents Connecticut's 34th Senate District, which includes the towns of Durham, East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford.