Senate Passes Bill to Fine Drivers That Hit 'Vulnerable' Users

Offenders would face $1,000 fine on top of existing criminal charges, according to the Stamford Advocate.

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that would fine drivers up to $1,000 for injuring or killing pedestrians, bicyclists, highways workers and others users of roads considered to be "vulnerable" on top of any existing criminal charges, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Vulnerable users would also include blind individuals escorted by guide dogs, inline skaters, individuals in wheelchairs, horseback riders, farm-tractor drivers and skateboarders. Drivers deemed as not using "reasonable care" would be fined on the condition that the victims were deemed as using "reasonable care."

The bill, , originally required offenders to attend a driver re-education program and face a penalty of up to $5,000 and/or 120 hours of community service.

“In today’s hectic world, road rage and are common occurrence,” Amy Stegall, president of Connecticut Horse Council, told the Transportation Committee last year. “Unfortunately, motorists are sharing the road with pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians, and when you have a collision, the car ‘always’ wins.”


Alex May 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Nothing like the state making money off of a tragedy... If anything the driver is probably going to get sued by the victim or victim's family and will be paying a lot more than $1000 to them. No one intentionally hits vulnerable pedestrians, and there are already laws on the book giving the pedestrian right of way in most circumstances. How will fining them an additional $1000 change anything? "Oh I better not run into that skateboarder, I might get fined $1000 dollars!" Most people avoid hitting pedestrians because it would be a traumatic accident to hit someone(for both parties), they aren't thinking about what kind of fine they may get if they do. What does this $1000 dollars do to the situation aside from increasing our state's bank account?


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