PA 14-31—SB 336

Transportation Committee

Judiciary Committee

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

SUMMARY: This act creates a separate violation for a motorist operating on a public way who fails to exercise reasonable care and causes the serious physical injury or death of a “vulnerable user,” provided the vulnerable user exercised reasonable care in using the public way. Any motorist found to have caused the serious injury or death of a vulnerable user in such circumstances must be fined up to $1,000.

Depending on the circumstances, such conduct may already subject drivers to penalties under existing criminal laws, including:

1. misconduct with a motor vehicle (CGS 53a-57),

2. aggravated endangerment of a highway worker (CGS 14-212d), and

3. negligent homicide with a motor vehicle (CGS 14-222a).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014

DEFINITIONS

Under the act, “vulnerable users” include:

1. pedestrians,

2. highway workers,

3. people riding or driving animals,

4. bicyclists,

5. skateboarders and in-line or roller skaters,

6. people riding or driving agricultural tractors,

7. people using wheelchairs or motorized chairs, and

8. blind people and their service animals.

A “public way” includes any of the following that are under the control of the state or a political subdivision and open to public travel or use: public highways, roads, streets, avenues, alleys, driveways, parkways, or places.

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