Pedestrian Safety Bill Set For Hearing

March 8, 2016

I am pleased that a pedestrian safety bill I championed got enough attention to merit a public hearing this session. The legislature's Judiciary Committee traveled to our UConn campus in Stamford, to allow local residents to testify on this and other important bills to the state.

H.B. 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 is a common sense measure. Our pedestrians need to feel safe when trying to navigate our local streets, especially our elderly and young children.

Our pedestrians need to feel safe when trying to navigate our local streets, especially our elderly and young children. I have heard from constituents, and have witnessed the lack of regard some drivers show to pedestrians. This bill attempts to strengthen our public safety laws and at the same time bring attention to this issue that has been neglected for so long.

A provision on the bill would increase the fines for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to exercise care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or a cyclist. Payments for these violations would be collected by the municipality where the violation occurred.

As the bill moves through the legislative process, I will keep my constituents up-to-date. I am thankful to the committee for having a hearing on this bill.