General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 6285

January Session, 2001

 

LCO No. 4022

   

Referred to Committee on Public Safety

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF FLASHING WHITE HEAD LAMPS BY FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (a) of section 14-96p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) (1) No person shall display upon any motor vehicle any light visible from the front thereof other than white, yellow or amber, or any light other than red, yellow, amber or white visible from the rear thereof, except a light used with any school bus, without a written permit from the commissioner. If the Department of Transportation obtains from the commissioner such a permit covering more than one motor vehicle operated by the department, it may display the lights allowed under the permit on each such vehicle without placing a copy of the permit in each vehicle. (2) Any vehicle accommodating fifteen or [less] fewer handicapped students may use a flashing red light or lights during the time such vehicle is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging such handicapped students, any motor bus may carry a purple light or lights, any interstate public service vehicle may carry a green light or lights, any taxicab may carry a lunar white light or lights, and any interstate commercial motor vehicle may display green identification lights, in front thereof, as the commissioner may permit. (3) A vehicle being operated by the chief executive officer of an emergency medical service organization, as defined in section 19a-175, an ambulance, as defined in section 19a-175, [or] a vehicle being operated by a local fire marshal or a local director of emergency management may use a flashing red light or lights or flashing white head lamps and a flashing amber light while on the way to the scene of an emergency, except that an ambulance may use flashing lights of other colors specified by federal requirements for the manufacture of such vehicle. The chief executive officer of each such organization shall provide annually during the month of January, on forms provided by the commissioner, such officer's name and address and the registration number on the number plate or plates of the vehicle on which the authorized red light is or white head lamps and amber light are to be used. A vehicle being operated by a member of a paid or volunteer fire department or company, or a paid or volunteer emergency medical technician may use flashing white head lamps, provided such member or emergency medical technician is on the way to the scene of a fire or medical emergency and has received written authorization from the chief of such fire department or company to use such head lamps. (4) Flashing or revolving white lights may not be displayed upon a motor vehicle except [(1)] (A) on fire emergency apparatus, [(2)] (B) on motor vehicles of paid and volunteer fire chiefs and their first and second deputies or their first and second assistants should there be no deputies, [(3)] (C) as a means of indicating a right or left turn, [(4)] (D) in conjunction with flashing red lights on an ambulance responding to an emergency call, or [(5)] (E) on the top rear of any school bus. For the purpose of this subsection, the term "handicapped students" means mentally retarded, hard of hearing, deaf, speech-impaired, visually handicapped, emotionally disturbed, orthopedically impaired or other health-impaired students, or students with specific learning disabilities, who by reason thereof, require special education and related services; and the term "flashing white lights" shall not include the simultaneous flashing of head lamps.

Statement of Purpose:

To allow the use of flashing white head lamps on route to fire or medical emergencies by paid or volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. GREENE, 105th Dist.; REP. DARGAN, 115th Dist.

REP. HARKINS, 120th Dist.; REP. STONE, 134th Dist.

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.; REP. COLLINS, 117th Dist.

REP. DELGOBBO, 70th Dist.; REP. PANARONI, 102nd Dist.

REP. CLEARY, 80th Dist.; REP. ORANGE, 48th Dist.

REP. D'AMELIO, 71st Dist.; SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th Dist.

SEN. GUNTHER, 21st Dist.; SEN. CRISCO, 17th Dist.

REP. TONUCCI, 104th Dist.