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Amendment

 

January Session, 2001

LCO No. 6222

   
   

Offered by:

 

REP. PRELLI, 63rd Dist.

REP. POWERS, 151st Dist.

REP. BELDEN, 113th Dist.

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

REP. CARSON, 108th Dist.

REP. COLLINS, 117th Dist.

REP. DELGOBBO, 70th Dist.

REP. FARR, 19th Dist.

REP. FLAHERTY, 68th Dist.

REP. HAMZY, 78th Dist.

REP. PISCOPO, 76th Dist.

REP. STRIPP, 135th Dist.

REP. SAN ANGELO, 131st Dist.

REP. SAWYER, 55th Dist.

REP. WARD, 86th Dist.

REP. WINKLER, 41st Dist.

To: Subst. House Bill No. 6285

File No. 274

Cal. No. 212

In line 1, before "Subsection" insert "Section 1. "

In line 41, before the period insert "or for any other reason the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality deems necessary"

After line 55, insert the following:

"Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 14-96q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) Flashing lights are prohibited on motor vehicles other than school buses, except (1) as a means for indicating a right or left turn, (2) flashing blue lights used by members of volunteer or civil preparedness fire companies, as provided by subsection (b) of section 14-96p, (3) on certain emergency and maintenance vehicles by written permit from the commissioner, or by written authorization from the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 14-96p, as amended by this act, (4) flashing or revolving yellow lights on (A) wreckers registered pursuant to section 14-66, or (B) vehicles of carriers in rural mail-delivery service or vehicles transporting or escorting any vehicle or load or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and load which is or are either oversize or overweight, or both, and operated or traveling under a permit issued by the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to section 14-270, (5) flashing red lights (A) on a motor vehicle accommodating fifteen or fewer handicapped students used only during the time such vehicle is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging such handicapped students, (B) used by members of the fire police on a stationary vehicle as a warning signal during traffic directing operations at the scene of a fire, (C) on rescue vehicles, (D) used by chief executive officers of emergency medical service organizations as provided in subsection (a) of section 14-96p, (E) ambulances, as defined in section 19a-175, or (F) used by local fire marshals or directors of emergency management, (6) flashing green lights used by members of volunteer ambulance associations or companies as provided in subsection (c) of section 14-96p, or (7) flashing white lights or flashing lights of other colors specified by federal requirements for the manufacture of an ambulance used in conjunction with flashing red lights or flashing head lamps and a flashing amber light on an ambulance responding to an emergency call. The prohibitions in this section shall not prevent the operator of a motor vehicle who while traveling on a limited access divided highway, because of the grade, is unable to maintain the minimum speed of forty miles per hour, or who while traveling on any other highway is operating such motor vehicle at such slow speed as to obstruct or endanger following traffic, or the operator of a disabled vehicle stopped on a hazardous location on the highway, or in close proximity thereto, from flashing lights, installed on the vehicle primarily for other purposes, in any manner that the operator selects so as to indicate that such vehicle is traveling slowly, obstructing traffic or is disabled and is a hazard to be avoided. The commissioner is authorized, at such commissioner's discretion, to issue special permits for the use of flashing or revolving lights on emergency vehicles, on escort vehicles and on maintenance vehicles, provided any person, firm or corporation other than the state or any metropolitan district, town, city or borough shall pay an annual permit fee of two dollars for each such vehicle, provided vehicles not registered in this state used for transporting or escorting any vehicle or load or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and load which is or are either oversize or overweight, or both, when operating under a permit issued by the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to section 14-270, shall not require such permit. On and after July 1, 1985, such annual permit fee shall be three dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, four dollars and fifty cents, on and after July 1, 1991, five dollars and seventy-five cents and on and after July 1, 1993, seven dollars. "