Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. However, the Governor's Highway Safety Association has recognized that this problem is not limited to Connecticut and has impacted the entire country. The GHSA represents state highway safety bureaus that operate programs to address highway safety issues such as passenger protection, impaired driving and speeding.
A recent pedestrian fatality in New Haven has raised concerns over the state and local governments' ability to safeguard pedestrians. Proposed legislation and safety regulations to prevent pedestrian accidents have received new attention.
Drunk driving in Connecticut is fatal. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that the state suffered 85 fatalities due to drunk driving accidents in 2012.
Drunk driving is a crime and a lethal danger to other motorists in Connecticut. The state suffered 85 fatalities from drunk driving accidents in 2012, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Because of the criminal and civil consequences associated with this reckless behavior, Connecticut drivers should know a little more about this crime.
Many victims suffer when a car strikes a pedestrian. A particularly appalling pedestrian accident occurred in Hamden, Connecticut on July 11 when a woman with a disability suffered serious injuries in an alleged hit-and-run accident.
Connecticut ranks among the lower half of the states in pedestrian safety according to a report issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition. The state was also designated the 27th worst state for pedestrian safety according to the report, Dangerous by Design 2014. The report found that 351 residents were killed in pedestrian accidents on Connecticut's roads from 2003 to 2012.
Connecticut pedestrians and bicyclists have no protection against vehicles. This disparity was strikingly obvious in an April 27 bicyclist fatality.
Just to the east of Hartford, police arrested a 21-year-old Preston man earlier this week. The young man appears to have been out drinking and driving the night of his 21st birthday. Not only had he been drinking, but police report that his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Despite leading police on a chase before he was finally arrested, he was fortunate that he avoided causing an accident and serious injuries.