PA 09-171—sSB 966

Judiciary Committee

Planning and Development Committee

Transportation Committee

AN ACT PROHIBITING BLOCKING THE BOX

SUMMARY: This act allows a municipality to adopt an ordinance designating intersections where a motor vehicle is prohibited from entering if the space on the opposite side of the intersection is too small to allow the vehicle to cross without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians. This applies even if the traffic light permits the motor vehicle to proceed. But it does not apply when entering an intersection to make a turn or to tractor-trailers.

The act requires the municipality to (1) post signs stating that blocking the intersection is prohibited and violators can be fined and (2) use white paint to mark the intersection's boundaries and the area within it with parallel diagonal lines, using lines at least one foot wide.

The act makes a violation an infraction (see Table on Penalties).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

OLR Tracking: CR: JH: PF; TS