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Milford Woman Starts Online Petition to Oppose Safe Driving Bill

The new bill would allow illegal immigrants to obtain licenses, which has caused much debate amongst residents in Milford and other parts of the state.

A screen shot of the online petition. Photo Credit: www.change.org
A screen shot of the online petition. Photo Credit: www.change.org

A Milford woman has started an online petition against the proposed bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. 

Tina Galstian said she was driven to start the petition after keeping up with developments in regards to the death of Milford resident Matthew Denice, a Framingham State University graduate who was struck and killed in 2011 while riding his motorcycle on Congress Street in Milford. Denice was allegedly struck by Nicolas Guaman, an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, and dragged down the road when the driver failed to stop. 

Bill H.3285, dubbed the Safe Driving Bill, would require immigrants to be trained in the rules of the road and pass written and road tests before getting a license, which some supporters say would make drivers safer. A hearing regarding the bill will take place in March. Denice's mother, Maureen Maloney, recently spoke out against the bill as well.

Galstian said she did not know Denice or his family personally, but reading about the incident in the news and hearing of Maloney's stance against the bill recently was enough to prompt her to begin the petition. 

"When people started talking about it, the only thing I could think of was the whole Matthew Denice thing," Galstian said. "I went to the vigil and have been following it as things are updated. That's just how I was involved."

As of Wednesday, Feb. 12, the petition has reached 188 signatures.

"I would love to get more people to sign it," Galstian said. "A lot of people that are illegal [citizens], obviously they don't speak English very well. How are we going to do the testing and the classes? I think pushing this forward is giving completely the wrong message. I think it's going to be a big waste of time and a big waste of money."

To read the petition, click here. 

Tina Malmquist March 07, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Try to read what I said. Take your time
Marsha Smith March 08, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Actually, "hating" someone because they break the law IS NOT a crime. This may come as a shock to you Tony, but discriminating against someone because they are here illegally IS NOT a crime either. Illegal aliens ARE NOT a protected class. I will continue to say, however, that illegal aliens are not being discriminated against, they are being asked to follow the same laws that ALL immigrants are asked to follow. No hate required.
K. March 09, 2014 at 11:00 PM
So disagreeing with the idea of benefits for people who are actively breaking the law is hate. So, to disagree is to hate. To exercise nonviolence against something that you disagree with is hate. To disagree with Tony Rams, is hate. Thanks for clearing that up Tony.
Ray Fellows March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Also, if u post under an anonymous or made up name, I dont give your comments any credence. Its easy to spew rhetoric when no one knows who you are. If you are going to make such bold statements, own them and use your real name.
Caissee March 10, 2014 at 03:02 PM
and as Ray has proved in the past, people who use their full names are just as full of it as anonymous people. Besides... This is patch with no Id verification. Anyone can create an account with the name Ray Fellows, for example, and start posting away. I actually question your identity Ray. The ray we all got to know would have found a way to mention in every single post that he ran a nonprofit and blah blah blah

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