Raised Bill No. 5615
February Session, 2000
LCO No. 1537
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
An Act Concerning Right Turns When Passing A Bicyclist.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 14-242 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in
(a) No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in a
proper position on the highway as required by section 14-241, or turn a vehicle to enter a
private road or driveway or otherwise turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or
left upon a highway unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety. No person
shall so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided in
(b) A signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during not
less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.
(c) No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first
giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided in section 14-244 to the driver of any
vehicle immediately to the rear when there is opportunity to give such signal.
(d) No person shall turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any
curve, or upon the approach to, or near the crest of, a grade, where such vehicle cannot
be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five
hundred feet, or at any location where signs prohibiting U-turns are posted by any traffic
(e) The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or
into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle
approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or within the
area formed by the extension of the lateral lines of the private alley, road or driveway
across the full width of the public highway with which it intersects, or so close to such
intersection of public highways or to the area formed by the extension of the lateral
lines of said private alley, road or driveway across the full width of the public highway
as to constitute an immediate hazard.
(f) No person operating a vehicle who overtakes and passes a person riding a
bicycle and proceeding in the same direction shall make a right turn at any intersection
or into any private road or driveway unless the turn can be made with reasonable safety
and will not impede the travel of the person riding the bicycle.
[(f)] (g) Violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction.
Statement of Purpose:
To provide that drivers of vehicles must give bicyclists at least one hundred feet of
clearance before making a right turn in front of them.
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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.]