Substitute Senate Bill No. 489
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 489

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-181


AN  ACT  INCREASING  THE  SPEED  LIMIT  ON CERTAIN
HIGHWAYS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  14-218a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No person  shall  operate  a motor vehicle
upon any public  highway  of the state, or road of
any specially chartered  municipal  association or
any district organized  under  the  provisions  of
chapter  105,  a   purpose   of   which   is   the
construction   and  maintenance   of   roads   and
sidewalks, or on  any  parking  area as defined in
section 14-212, or  upon a private road on which a
speed limit has  been  established  in  accordance
with this subsection, or upon any school property,
at a rate  of  speed  greater  than is reasonable,
having regard to  the  width,  traffic  and use of
highway, road or parking area, the intersection of
streets and weather  conditions. The State Traffic
Commission may determine  speed  limits  which are
reasonable and safe  on  any state highway, bridge
or parkway built  or  maintained by the state, and
differing limits may  be established for different
types of vehicles,  and  may  erect or cause to be
erected signs indicating  such  speed  limits. The
traffic authority of any town, city or borough may
establish speed limits  on  streets,  highways and
bridges or in  any  parking  area  for ten cars or
more or on  any  private  road  wholly  within the
municipality under its jurisdiction; provided such
limit on streets,  highways,  bridges  and parking
areas for ten  cars or more shall become effective
only after application  for  approval  thereof has
been submitted in  writing  to  the  State Traffic
Commission and a  certificate of such approval has
been forwarded by  the  commission  to the traffic
authority; and provided  such  signs giving notice
of such speed  limits  shall  have been erected as
the State Traffic Commission directs, provided the
erection of such  signs  on any private road shall
be at the  expense  of the owner of such road. The
presence of such  signs  adjacent  to  or  on  the
highway or parking area for ten cars or more shall
be prima facie  evidence  that  they  have been so
placed  under  the   direction  of  and  with  the
approval of the State Traffic Commission. Approval
of  such speed  limits  may  be  revoked  by  said
commission at any time if it deems such revocation
to  be  in  the  interest  of  public  safety  and
welfare, and thereupon  such  speed  limits  shall
cease to be effective and any signs that have been
erected shall be  removed.  Any speed in excess of
such limits, other  than  speeding as provided for
in section 14-219, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS
ACT, shall be prima facie evidence that such speed
is not reasonable,  but the fact that the speed of
a vehicle is  lower  than  such  limits  shall not
relieve the operator  from  the  duty  to decrease
speed when a special hazard exists with respect to
pedestrians  or other  traffic  or  by  reason  of
weather or highway conditions.
    (b)  THE  STATE   TRAFFIC   COMMISSION   SHALL
ESTABLISH A SPEED  LIMIT  OF  SIXTY-FIVE MILES PER
HOUR ON ANY MULTIPLE LANE, LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAYS
THAT ARE SUITABLE  FOR A SPEED LIMIT OF SIXTY-FIVE
MILES PER HOUR, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION RELEVANT
FACTORS INCLUDING DESIGN,  POPULATION  OF AREA AND
TRAFFIC FLOW.
    [(b)] (c) Any  person  who  operates  a  motor
vehicle  at  a  greater  rate  of  speed  than  is
reasonable, other than  speeding,  as provided for
in section 14-219, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS
ACT,  shall commit  the  infraction  of  traveling
unreasonably fast.
    Sec. 2. Section 14-219 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) No person  shall operate any motor vehicle
(1) upon any highway, road or any parking area for
ten cars or  more,  at  such a rate of speed as to
endanger the life  of  any  occupant of such motor
vehicle, but not the life of any other person than
such an occupant;  or  (2)  at  a  rate  of  speed
greater than fifty-five  miles  per  hour upon any
highway  OTHER  THAN   A   HIGHWAY   SPECIFIED  IN
SUBSECTION (b) OF  SECTION  14-218a, AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, FOR WHICH A SPEED LIMIT HAS
BEEN ESTABLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS
OF SAID SUBSECTION;  OR  (3)  AT  A  RATE OF SPEED
GREATER THAN SIXTY-FIVE  MILES  PER  HOUR UPON ANY
HIGHWAY SPECIFIED IN  SUBSECTION  (b)  OF  SECTION
14-218a, AS AMENDED  BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, FOR
WHICH  A  SPEED  LIMIT  HAS  BEEN  ESTABLISHED  IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SAID SUBSECTION.
    (b) Any person  who  operates  a motor vehicle
(1) on a  multiple  lane,  limited  access highway
OTHER THAN A  HIGHWAY  SPECIFIED IN SUBSECTION (b)
OF SECTION 14-218a,  AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 1 OF
THIS  ACT,  FOR  WHICH  A  SPEED  LIMIT  HAS  BEEN
ESTABLISHED IN ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE PROVISIONS OF
SAID SUBSECTION at  a  rate  of speed greater than
fifty-five miles per  hour  but  not  greater than
seventy miles per  hour or (2) ON A MULTIPLE LANE,
LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAY SPECIFIED IN SUBSECTION (b)
OF SECTION 14-218a,  AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 1 OF
THIS  ACT,  FOR  WHICH  A  SPEED  LIMIT  HAS  BEEN
ESTABLISHED IN ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE PROVISIONS OF
SAID SUBSECTION AT  A  RATE  OF SPEED GREATER THAN
SIXTY-FIVE MILES PER  HOUR  BUT  NOT  GREATER THAN
SEVENTY MILES PER  HOUR  OR [(2)] (3) on any other
highway at a rate of speed greater than fifty-five
miles per hour  but  not  greater than sixty miles
per hour, shall commit an infraction, provided any
such  person operating  a  truck,  as  defined  in
section 14-260n, shall  have committed a violation
and shall be  fined  not  less  than  one  hundred
dollars nor more than one hundred fifty dollars.
    (c) Any person  who  violates any provision of
subdivision (1) of  subsection (a) of this section
or who operates  a motor vehicle (1) on a multiple
lane, limited access  highway  at  a rate of speed
greater  than  seventy  miles  per  hour  but  not
greater than eighty-five  miles per hour or (2) on
any other highway  at a rate of speed greater than
sixty  miles  per   hour   but  not  greater  than
eighty-five miles per hour shall be fined not less
than one hundred dollars nor more than one hundred
fifty dollars, provided  any such person operating
a truck, as  defined  in section 14-260n, shall be
fined not less  than one hundred fifty dollars nor
more than two hundred dollars.
    (d) No person  shall be subject to prosecution
for a violation  of  both  subsection  (a) of this
section  and  subsection  (a)  of  section  14-222
because of the same offense.
    (e)  Notwithstanding  any   provision  of  the
general statutes to  the  contrary, any person who
violates subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this
section, subdivision (1)  OR (2) of subsection (b)
of  this  section  while  operating  a  truck,  as
defined in section  14-260n, or subdivision (1) of
subsection (c) of  this  section while operating a
motor vehicle or  a  truck,  as defined in section
14-260n, shall follow  the procedures set forth in
section 51-164n.

Approved June 4, 1998