STAMFORD, Conn. -- A pedestrian safety bill advocated for by State Rep. Terry Adams (D-146) was the subject of a recent public hearing held at the University of Connecticut campus in Stamford before members of the state legislature's Judiciary Committee.
The proposal, H.B. 5403, would increase the fines for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to exercise care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or a cyclist.
Payments for such violations would be collected by the municipalities in which they occur.
Adams, who serves constituents in Stamford, said the measure is a matter of common sense.
"Our pedestrians need to feel safe when trying to navigate our local streets, especially our elderly and young children," he said. "I have heard from constituents, and have witnessed the lack of regard some drivers show to pedestrians. This bill attempts to strengthen our public safety laws and at the same time bring attention to this issue that has been neglected for so long."
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