OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5403

AN ACT INCREASING PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALKS AND FAILURE TO EXERCISE DUE CARE TO AVOID HITTING A PEDESTRIAN OR CYCLIST.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases the penalty for two motor-vehicle infractions to violations punishable by a fine of up to $500. But the bill subjects the violations to the same procedures as those governing infractions, which allow a person to (1) pay the fine by mail without a court appearance or (2) contest the fine in court.

The bill's penalties apply when a motor vehicle operator:

1. fails to give the right of way, slow, or stop as appropriate for pedestrians at crosswalks; passes a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk; fails to yield to pedestrians and others when crossing a sidewalk; or fails to reduce speed and stop as necessary to yield to a blind pedestrian carrying a white cane or guided by a guide dog or

2. fails to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or person propelling a human powered vehicle or fails to give a reasonable warning to avoid collision (such as sounding a horn).

Currently, the conduct described first above is punishable by a fine, fee, and surcharge totaling $181 and the second by a fine, fee, and surcharge totaling $92.

The bill's fine is also subject to a $15 additional fee, which the state must remit to the municipality where the violation occurred.

By law, infractions and violations subject to the infraction procedures are not considered crimes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

42

Nay

0

(03/11/2016)