OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5894

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A "MOVE OVER" LAW IN CONNECTICUT.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires a motorist approaching one or more stationary emergency vehicles located on the travel lane, breakdown lane, or shoulder of a highway to (1) immediately slow down to a reasonable speed below the posted speed limit and (2) if traveling in the lane adjacent to the location of the emergency vehicle, move over one lane, unless this would be unreasonable or unsafe.

For these requirements to apply, the emergency vehicle must have flashing lights activated. Under the bill, an “emergency vehicle” includes a vehicle:

1. operated by a member of an emergency medical service organization responding to an emergency call;

2. operated by a fire department or by any officer of the department responding to a fire or other emergency;

3. operated by a police officer;

4. that is a maintenance vehicle, as defined by law; or

5. that is a licensed wrecker.

A violation of these requirements is an infraction, unless the violation results in the injury or death of the emergency vehicle operator, in which case the fines are a maximum of $ 2,500 and $ 10,000 respectively.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Maintenance Vehicle

A “maintenance vehicle” is defined by law as a vehicle in use by the state or a municipality, a state bridge or parkway authority, or any public service company in the maintenance of public highways or bridges and facilities located within the limits of such bridges or highways.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Transportation Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

35

Nay

0

(03/13/2009)