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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7139

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 4273

 

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Referred to Committee on TRANSPORTATION

 

Introduced by:

 

(TRA)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTIES FOR OBSTRUCTING EMERGENCY VEHICLES.

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

Section 1. Subsection (h) of section 14-283 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(h) (1) Any person who [wilfully or] negligently obstructs or retards any (A) ambulance or vehicle operated by a member of an emergency medical service organization while answering any emergency call or taking a patient to a hospital; [, or any] (B) vehicle used by a fire department or any officer or member of a fire department while on the way to a fire, or while responding to an emergency call; [, or any] or (C) vehicle used by the state police or any local police department, or any officer of the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or any local police department while on the way to an emergency call or in the pursuit of fleeing law violators, shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars.

(2) Any person who wilfully obstructs or retards any (A) ambulance or vehicle operated by a member of an emergency medical service organization while answering any emergency call or taking a patient to a hospital; (B) vehicle used by a fire department or any officer or member of a fire department while on the way to a fire, or while responding to an emergency call; or (C) vehicle used by the state police or any local police department, or any officer of the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or any local police department while on the way to an emergency call or in the pursuit of fleeing law violators, shall be guilty of a class D felony.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2017

14-283(h)

Statement of Purpose:

To increase the penalty for wilfully obstructing an emergency vehicle from a fine to a class D felony.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]