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Senate Passes Bill to Fine Drivers Who Hit the 'Vulnerable'

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,” 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.”

Andrew Ziemba May 04, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Gasoline is a commodity and as such, is influenced by supply and demand as well as many other market forces. However, It would be nice to see them get rid of the gas tax. If I remember correctly, we have the first or second highest in the country. This tax is responsible for a large portion of the cost of gas in CT. Ultimately Americans should realize that gas prices are historically lower now than they ever have been when adjusted for inflation.
RL Joy May 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
To Scott S and other frustrated drivers I can only say, Slow Down. Wait for a safe place to pass. Never pass a bicycle on a "blind curve", (and I don't blame them for spreading out to prevent this). If you have an emergency, roll down the window and TELL them. I recently moved to this area and I love driving 25 mph in the 25 mph zones, but I can't count the times I am tail-gaited by a driver who wants to do 50. We live in a glorious part of the country. Let's make it glorious for everyone. SLOW DOWN.
Harry Sawyer May 05, 2012 at 08:51 AM
The cost of fuel is high, because the value of our dollar is decreasing. i.e. all current trade is going to suffer. Gasoline tax, is the movement of the gas from the pump to your vehicle, can, etc.. It is not taxed on the item itself. Unfortunatley, our politicians ruined our value of the dollar, many, many years ago. Inflation is man made.
Harry Sawyer May 05, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Ron Paul, that's all!!!!
Harry Sawyer May 05, 2012 at 08:54 AM
"I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike"....

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