A bill which would increase the fines for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk to $500 was overwhelmingly approved by the state House of Representatives Thursday. An amendment was initially proposed to reduce the fine to $300, but it was withdrawn after New Milford Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor shared a personal story with her colleagues.
Buck-Taylor tearfully revealed that her mother was struck and killed by a car while she was in a New York City crosswalk in March. She said there isn't possibly a penalty too high to tell people to be safe, to look out and follow the law.
Buck-Taylor said that they shouldn't worry about the penalty being too high because failure to do this can kill somebody.
There was one lone vote in opposition. Representative Whit Betts called for an incredibly onerous fine to catch people's attention.
Currently, the fine is $181.