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Substitute Bill No. 5272

    February Session, 2010




Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 14-279 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2010):

(a) The operator of any vehicle, motor vehicle, or authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, shall immediately bring such vehicle to a stop not less than ten feet from the front when approaching and not less than ten feet from the rear when overtaking or following any registered school bus on any highway or private road or in any parking area or on any school property when such bus is displaying flashing red signal lights, except at the specific direction of a traffic officer. Vehicles so stopped for a school bus shall not proceed until such bus no longer displays flashing red signal lights. At the intersection of two or more highways vehicular turns toward a school bus receiving or discharging passengers are prohibited. The operator of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway.

(b) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for the first offense and for each subsequent offense, not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

(c) Upon receipt of a written report from any school bus operator specifying the [license plate] registration number, color and type of any vehicle observed by such operator or recorded by a camera affixed to such school bus violating any provision of subsection (a) of this section and the date, approximate time and location of such violation, a police officer shall issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of any such vehicle. A photographic or digital image that clearly shows the registration number of a vehicle violating any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be sufficient proof of the registration number of such vehicle for purposes of subsection (b) of section 14-107.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2010



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