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Bill to protect kids at ice cream trucks signed by Gov. Lamont

A local lawmaker has co-sponsored a bill now signed into law by the Governor that is meant to protect kids participating in a summer tradition.  The measure, co-sponsored by Danbury Representative David Arconti, is about ice cream trucks and increasing the visibility to other drivers, warning drivers that children may be present and limiting the location and conditions for vending. 

It requires these trucks be outfitted with stop signs and red flashing lights.  Drivers would be required to stop before proceeding slowly past the truck, yielding the right-of-way to any pedestrian. 

The bill takes effect at the start of next month. 

First violations will result in a warning, until October.  Then it's an infraction, and for a subsequent offense, a fine of no more than $100 will be levied.  

The new law prohibits ice cream trucks from stopping on roads with a speed limit higher than 25 miles per hour, where visibility is obstructed and near schools within one hour of regular class times without local school board approval.

 

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