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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 6454

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 2993

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING FIRE STATION WORK ZONES.

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

Section 1. Section 14-212a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) The Superior Court shall impose an additional fee equivalent to one hundred per cent of the fine established or imposed for the violation of the provisions of section 14-213, 14-213b, 14-214, 14-215, 14-216, 14-218a, 14-219, 14-220, 14-221, 14-222, 14-222a, 14-223, 14-224, 14-225, 14-227a, 14-230, 14-230a, 14-231, 14-232, 14-233, 14-235, 14-236, 14-237, 14-238, 14-238a, 14-239, 14-240, 14-240a, 14-241, 14-242, 14-243, 14-244, 14-245, 14-246a, 14-247, 14-247a, 14-248a, 14-249, 14-250, 14-250a, 14-257, 14-261, 14-266, 14-271, 14-273, 14-279, 14-281a, subsection (e) or (g) of section 14-283, section 14-289a or 14-289b for any such violation committed (1) while construction work is ongoing within a highway construction zone designated in a conspicuous manner by the Department of Transportation, (2) while construction work is ongoing within a municipal road construction zone designated in a conspicuous manner by such municipality, (3) while utility work is ongoing within a utility work zone designated in a conspicuous manner by a public service company, as defined in section 16-1, or by a water company, as defined in section 25-32a, [or] (4) while activities are ongoing in a traffic incident management zone, or (5) while a uniformed firefighter is directing traffic within a fire station work zone designated in a conspicuous manner by the Department of Transportation.

(b) (1) The Department of Transportation shall post a sign at the beginning of a highway construction zone which shall read as follows: "ROAD WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED", and at the end of such zone which shall read as follows: "END ROAD WORK".

(2) A municipality shall post a sign at the beginning of a municipal road construction zone which shall read as follows: "ROAD WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED", and at the end of such zone which shall read as follows: "END ROAD WORK".

(3) A public service company or water company shall post a sign at the beginning of a utility work zone which shall read as follows: "UTILITY WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED", and at the end of such zone which shall read as follows: "END UTILITY WORK".

(4) As used in this section, "traffic incident management zone" refers to an area of a highway where temporary traffic controls or measures are installed under the authority of the Commissioner of Transportation, Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, or local traffic authority, as defined in section 14-297, in response to a motor vehicle incident, natural disaster, hazardous material spill or other unplanned incident. The traffic incident management zone shall be delineated by the use of one or more temporary traffic control devices or measures such as signs, cones, flares or visible flashing or revolving lights which meet the requirements of sections 14-96p and 14-96q.

(5) The Department of Transportation shall post a sign at the beginning of a fire station work zone which shall read as follows: "FIRE STATION WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED", and at the end of such zone which shall read as follows: "END FIRE STATION WORK".

(c) The state or a municipality, or any agency or employee of the state or a municipality, shall not be civilly liable for any injuries or damages to any person or property which may result, either directly or indirectly, from failure on the part of the Department of Transportation or a municipality to post any sign required under subsection (b) of this section.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2013

14-212a

PS

Joint Favorable