Connecticut’s New Pedestrian Laws

What You Need To Know About Connecticut's New Pedestrian Laws

Stay Informed About Connecticut's New Pedestrian Laws

Connecticut has taken steps to improve pedestrian safety by implementing new laws. These changes aim to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities in the state. The new laws protect pedestrians crossing the street on an unmarked crosswalk and signaling intent to cross the street. If you’re a pedestrian or driver in Connecticut, it’s important to stay informed about these new laws and how they may affect you.

Crosswalks and Pedestrian Signals

One of the key changes in Connecticut’s new pedestrian laws is the requirement for drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, even if there is no traffic signal or pedestrian signal present. This means that if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, drivers must stop and allow them to cross safely. Additionally, drivers must also yield to pedestrians who are crossing at a pedestrian signal, even if the signal is not yet flashing or indicating that it is safe to cross. It’s important for both drivers and pedestrians to be aware of these changes and to follow the new laws to ensure everyone’s safety on the road.

Signal Intent to Cross

Connecticut’s new pedestrian law also states that drivers must yield to pedestrians who signal their intent to cross the street by raising their hand toward oncoming traffic, making eye contact with a driver, or by moving any part of their body (including a wheelchair, walking stick, or other extension) into the crosswalk’s entrance. Due to this, drivers should be especially cautious when driving on roads with high pedestrian traffic because pedestrians can cross at any time, and if an accident were to occur, the driver would be held responsible. 

Penalties for Violating Pedestrian Laws

It is important to note that there are penalties for violating Connecticut’s new pedestrian laws. Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or at pedestrian signals can be fined up to $500 and may also face points on their driver’s license.

How to Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

With Connecticut’s new pedestrian laws in place, it’s important for pedestrians to take steps to stay safe while walking. Always use designated crosswalks and wait for the walk signal before crossing the street. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to ensure they see you. Avoid distractions like texting or listening to music while walking. And wear bright or reflective clothing if walking at night to increase visibility. By following these tips, pedestrians can help prevent accidents and stay safe on the road.

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