Darien Times: New Law Fines Careless Drivers
From the Oct. 8 2014 Darien Times:
A new Connecticut law holds accountable careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or cyclists.
The Vulnerable User law, Public Act 14-31, went into effect on Oct. 1 and requires a fine to be imposed on reckless motor vehicle drivers who cause the death or serious injury of a pedestrian, cyclist, wheelchair user, or other “vulnerable users” who were using reasonable care. The fine is capped at $1,000.
The law was advocated for by Bike Walk Connecticut, a statewide nonprofit group whose goal is to make Connecticut a better state for bicycling and walking.
“The new law will achieve its purpose if it raises awareness of roadway safety,” said Ray Rauth, Bike Walk member, chairman of Weston’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, and member of the state Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.
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