Transportation Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-336

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR CAUSING HARM TO A VULNERABLE USER OF A PUBLIC WAY.

Vote Date:

3/14/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/5/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Transportation Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To provide safety to pedestrians, bikers and other “vulnerable users” of public ways, as well as raise awareness.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Jim Redeker, Commissioner, CT Department of Transportation- Supports this bill because it “is firmly in-line with the Department's mission to provide '… a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life'… in the State and the Region”

They also suggest that the definition should include “all users such as persons on a legal non-motorized device (i.e. scooters, skateboards).”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Allen Horile- Supports this bill because it “provides protection pedestrians and cyclists on the road ways from speeding vehicles.”

David Dove- Supports this bill for the reason stated above.

Debbie Lundgren- Supports this bill because “We have waited long enough!”

Dr. Mary LaRue Murphy- Supports this bill because it would provide “awareness and safety for many people.”

Henry N. Talmage, Executive Director, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association- Supports this bill because it it creates a fine of $1,000 for someone who injures or causes death to a vulnerable user. It also helps bring attention to keeping roads safe.

He suggests amending the bill to include “or agricultural equipment”.

Holly Parker- Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems, Yale University- Supports this bill because it helps provide awareness to provide safer roads for everyone who uses a road way.

Jason Williams- Supports this bill because it provides for accountability for people who use motor vehicles.

Joseph D. Anastasio- Supports this bill because it would require police officers to take action against motorists who hit a vulnerable user.

Karen Santucci, MD, Yale- Supports this bill because it would require drivers to be more careful on the roads and to pay attention to their surroundings.

Karen Sek- Supports this bill because it provides safety to individuals on road ways.

Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut—Supports this bill because it's good public policy. It holds careless drivers accountable who kill or injure non-motorized users of the road. Studies show that more people would travel by bike or on foot if they felt safer on the roads doing so. This bill makes Connecticut a better, safer place to bike and walk, reduces traffic congestion, creates more vibrant town centers, saves money and leads to cleaner air and a healthier population.

Mary Ellen Thibodeau- Supports this bill for the reasons stated above.

Michael Berghuis- Supports this bill for the reasons stated above.

Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP- Supports this bill because it would provide safer streets, adds a penalty for someone who violates the law. She also feels that this bill protects both vulnerable users and motorists.

Rick Thibodeau- Supports this bill because it would make streets safer and provide for a penalty for someone who violates the law.

Robert Dickinson- Supports this bill because it would provide safety for users of roadways.

Scott & Deborah Livingston- Support this bill for reasons stated above.

Steven Higashide, Senior Planner and Connecticut Coordinator, Tri-State Transportation Campaign- Supports this bill because it would help increase driver accountability. This bill also increases fines to $1,000 for those who violate the law. The bill also makes vulnerable users accountable for their actions as well.

He would also support adding language from previous bills that would require persons who commit an infraction to “attend driver retraining and perform community service.”

Antonio Riera, MD, Yale University School of Medicine- Supports this bill because it will help make the roads safer. It also creates a penalty of $1,000 for someone who injures or kills a vulnerable user.

Dario Del Puppo- Supports this bill for reasons stated above.

David Eder- Supports this bill for reasons stated above.

Deborah Thibodeau- Supports this bill because it would make roads safer for vulnerable users and for children who walk or bike to school. She also supports this bill because it would create a penalty for someone who may cause an injury or death to a vulnerable user.

Howard Pfrommer- Supports this bill for reasons stated above.

Frederick J. Mastele, President, Connecticut Horse Council- Supports this bill because it will help protect horseback riders on state roads.

Jim Adams- Supports this bill because it provides safety for users of road ways.

Joann Potrzeba- Supports this bill for reasons stated above.

Karen Burnaska, Coordinator, Transit for Connecticut- Supports this bill for reasons stated above.

Kirsten Bechtel, MD, Yale School of Medicine- Supports this bill because it creates a fine of $1,000 for someone who commits an infraction and it defines what a “vulnerable user” is. She would also support a driver who commits an infraction to go through a driver retraining course.

Laura Baum, President, Bike Walk Connecticut- Supports this bill because provides penalties for motorists who violate the law. It also will make roads safer.

Matthew Asensio- Supports this bill because it will provide safer roads.

Nancy Decrisantis- Supports this bill because it would provide legitimacy for bicyclists.

Rob O'Connor- Supports this bill because it helps make the road ways safer.

Ronald Chirico- Supports this bill because it would “promote alternative means of transportation.”

Scott Gamester- Supports this bill because it would help make road ways safer.

Thomas E. Jannke-Supports this bill for reasons stated above

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Tristan Stanziale

Date: March 20, 2014