Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-430

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL.

Vote Date:

3/13/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/11/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety & Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To require the operator of an emergency vehicle to stop when approaching or following a registered school bus when the bus is flashing red signal lights.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Senator Robert J. Kane: Testified in support of SB-430, expressing ”An incident occurred where a police officer responding to a call coincided with a school bus dropping off a child after school. The officer slowed down – as required by current law – and no one was hurt, but this does seem to illustrate a potential weakness in our motor vehicle laws.” He also stated “I have no problem with emergency vehicles disregarding stop signs and red lights, but I believe that any emergency vehicle should at least com to a brief stop when passing a school bus where children could be in the roadway.”

Denise Belmont, Mother, Middlebury, CT: supports SB-430. She testified that “On January 29, 2014 my 9 year old daughter was almost hit by a police car as she was getting off her school bus and crossing the street”.

Billie Jo Vincent, bus driver, Middlebury, CT: supports SB-430. She testified that “On Wednesday January 29th of this year, I was taking elementary school children home from school, when my red SOS lights were ran by a police officer on his way to a call.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed.

Reported by: Daniele Mealha

Date: 3/17/2014