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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. 

Maureen Maloney February 13, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Thank you Tina for your support. I wanted to start a petition myself and haven't had the time as we are also dealing with the legal issues surrounding the trial. This bill that they are trying to pass will be a disaster. In Arizona and Nevada 75% of the illegal immigrants fail the written exam. New Mexico wants to repeal the decision to allow illegals to obtain a drivers license. Fatalities and uninsured drivers have gone up in states that have issued a drivers license to illegal immigrants. The list of all the reasons why this is a bad idea goes on and on. Never mind the fact it would be rewarding people for illegal activity and make Ma even more of a magnet state for illegal immigrants. I could go on and on. This is all the information that has been edited out of my interviews. Thank you, Maureen Maloney
Peter Scandone February 13, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Bravo Maureen Maloney and Tina Galstian! Passing this Bill would be ludecrous and and a slap in the face to every legal tax paying American citizen. It would be a reward and incentive for every illegal immagrent who crosses our border. My wife and I were also at Matthew's vigil and we support his family and this petition 100%.
Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Maureen if it makes even just a few more people aware it's a win. I hope people keep spreading the word and signing. Thank you and know you have so many people on your side.
Deb February 13, 2014 at 07:53 AM
I definitely will sign this petition. I truly think it is a bad thing to pass this bill - these people need to get command of the language first, before they could even think of taking a class or test to drive. And Maureen, i do not know personally, your family, but as a Mom and resident of town, I was following the tragic situation with your son. You have so many people on your and your family's side; I only hope that the trial will be a good outcome. I know that nothing can ever bring Matthew back. But to have a good outcome of the trial at least, will be somewhat healing. All we can do is to band together and keep getting the word out to crack down on the people who are here illegally.
Milford Senior Man February 13, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I signed the petition last night. I do not believe we should give anyone who is violating are laws by being here illegally a drivers license or anything else for that matter.
Kim Clark February 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM
"They are "undocumented" because of a broken bureaucracy..."??? Um-m-m-m -- they are "illegal" because they came into our country by breaking the law. There are rules for people to follow who want to enter our country and the people who got here by breaking those rules are "illegal". Using the word "undocumented" is simply a tactic to avoid using the word "illegal". How do you know about "The vast majority of immigrants in Milford and elsewhere"??? Nice generalization. Back it up. Honest??? -- no, illegal immigrants are not 'honest'. They broke the law to get here and those who drive on our roads without a license are not 'honest'.
Prometheus February 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Anne....expect me at your home around 8:00 tonight....don't be alarmed....I "simply want what you have". Will you call the police or just allow me to do as I please?
Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Anne, what part of illegal do you not understand????
Babe February 13, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Just watch and remember at election time how our local Senators and Representatives vote.
Tina Malmquist February 13, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Happy to say that in just one day we got over 400 more signatures. Please tell your neighbors, friends and family. Tell our reps that we do not want this!!
Tony Rams March 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Why all comments were done the same day?
Tina Malmquist March 07, 2014 at 08:44 PM
It becomes old news. Spread the word. We got almost 800 but need more I have reached out to every contact I have. If we all do that we can make a difference!! I'm still proud of what we've done so far!
Tony Rams March 07, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Proud of what????? Proud of hating people ???? Hope u never feel hated... Have a good day!!!
Tina Malmquist March 07, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Are you a legal citizen? If so good for you. If you are not then do what my grandparents did and obey the law like the rest of us. I don't hate. I believe in our laws. Got it??
Tony Rams March 07, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Got it... But it does not change nothing .... Hating is a crime... Got it!!!!
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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