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What laws does a Connecticut cyclist need to follow?

Cycling can be one of the best ways to enjoy the spring and summer months in Connecticut. But because they share the same roads, cyclists and motorists need to watch out for each other. It's important to remember that motorists and cyclists in Connecticut are subject to the same laws when they are on the road. They must obey all traffic signs and use proper signals when turning and stopping. But unlike a motorist in a vehicle, under state law a bicyclist must also wear a helmet that fits correctly. According to statistics, nearly three quarters of fatal bicycle accidents involve head injuries, so it's important to make sure a bicycle helmet fits properly; it should never sit more than two fingers width above a cyclist's brow.

Teen drivers can benefit from automotive tips provided by parents

Many parents in Connecticut probably dread the day that their teenager reaches driving age. They know that young drivers throughout the nation are involved in a large percentage of fatal car crashes and that many of these are caused by negligence. They want to keep their children safe when they are on the road, but feel helpless because they cannot be with them at all times. There are valuable lessons that parents can pass on to their children in order to help make them better drivers and increase their awareness about the car they are driving and about road safety in general.

Connecticut launches crackdown on highway speeding

One of the most frightening experiences for a driver of any age is being passed on the right by another vehicle that is greatly exceeding the posted speed limit. Rather than maintaining the correct speed, these negligent drivers act as if their vehicle is an extension of their living room. They dart from lane to lane, cutting off car after car, all in order to break away from the flow of traffic. They are blissfully self-absorbed and fail to recognize that their actions can lead to a fatal car accident. State authorities in Connecticut are all too aware of these drivers and they are doing their best to stop these dangerous motorists.Recently, Connecticut, along with all of the other states in New England, launched an aggressive program designed to target speeders. According to Governor Dannel P. Malloy, increased numbers of state troopers will be patrolling several Connecticut highways, including I-91 and I-95, in an effort to stop speeding. The idea behind the crackdown is to prevent high speed car accidents, because police authorities believe that speeding and not wearing seat belts are major causes of fatal car crashes.According to statistics, 39 people were killed on Connecticut highways back in 2012. That amounts to over one sixth of the total fatalities for the entire New England area. One third of the people killed in these fatal car accidents were involved in high speed crashes.

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