PA 13-200—HB 6454
Public Safety and Security Committee
AN ACT CONCERNING FIRE STATION WORK ZONES
SUMMARY: This act allows a municipality to designate fire station work zones and doubles the basic fines for speeding or committing certain other traffic violations in any such conspicuously designated zone where a uniformed firefighter is directing traffic. The municipality may designate a fire station work zone by posting a sign at the (1) beginning of the zone that reads: “FIRE STATION WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED” and (2) end of the zone that reads: “END FIRE STATION WORK. ”
As is currently the case for other similarly designated zones, neither the state nor a municipality or their agents or employees are civilly liable for any personal injury or property damage that results from a municipality's failure to post the sign.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013
Enhanced Fines in Designated Zones
By law, when certain traffic violations occur in a traffic incident management zone or a conspicuously designated highway or municipal road construction or utility work zone, the court must impose an additional fee equal to 100% of the fine established for the violation. (By law, there are charges for these violations in addition to the basic fines. ) For the enhanced penalty to apply in the highway or municipal road construction zone, the Department of Transportation or municipality, as applicable, must post a sign at the beginning of the zone that states “ROAD WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED” and a sign at the end of the zone stating “END ROAD WORK. ” For it to apply in the public utility work zone, the utility must post a sign at the beginning of the zone that states “UTILITY WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED” and a sign at the end of the zone stating “END UTILITY WORK. ”
Table 1 shows examples of violations subject to enhanced fines.
Table 1: Examples of Motor Vehicle Violations Subject to Enhanced Fines
Statute (CGS §)
Travelling too fast for conditions
Improper passing, safe distance, cutting in
Increasing speed while being passed
Disobeying officer's signal
Failure to drive in proper lane
1. doubles the basic fine for drivers who violate the cell phone ban in a highway work zone and requires that half of the additional fee be deposited in a new Special Transportation Fund account for highway work zone safety;
2. adds certain violations of the highway work zone to those violations that require drivers to attend the driver retraining program;
3. requires that the test given to a driver's license applicant include a question on highway work zone safety; and
4. requires the motor vehicles commissioner to assess up to two points against the license of a driver who violates the highway work zone law.
PA 13-277 (§§ 65-67) changes the way the highway work zone safety account, created by PA 13-92, is funded.
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