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Connecticut Riding on Public Roads Statutes and Regulations 

 

CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES
TITLE 14. MOTOR VEHICLES. USE OF THE HIGHWAY BY VEHICLES. GASOLINE
CHAPTER 248. VEHICLE HIGHWAY USE

 

14-293a. Riding animals on highways

Any person who rides any horse or other animal upon a public highway shall conform to the provisions of this chapter and chapter 249, unless such provisions clearly do not apply from the language or context or such application would be inconsistent with the manifest intention of the statutes. The fines established in accordance with section 51-164m for violations of the provisions of this chapter and chapter 249, with respect to a motor vehicle, shall apply if the same violation of a provision is committed in the riding of a horse or other animal.

  

14-293b. Responsibilities of motor vehicle operators when approaching equestrians

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 specifying the responsibilities of an operator of a vehicle when approaching a person riding a horse on a public highway, which responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, the obligation to reduce speed appropriately or to stop, if necessary, to avoid endangering the equestrian or frightening or striking the horse. A statement concerning such responsibilities shall be printed in the instruction manual for motor vehicle operation at the time of the next revision of such manual.

 

REGULATIONS OF CONNECTICUT STATE AGENCIES
TITLE 14. MOTOR VEHICLES
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (5)
RESPONSIBILITY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR WHEN APPROACHING A PERSON RIDING A HORSE

Sec. 14-293b-1. When approaching a horse with a vehicle

Each operator of a vehicle approaching a person riding a horse on a public highway shall reduce speed, proceed with caution, or stop if necessary, to avoid endangering the equestrian or frightening or striking the horse.


Sec. 14-293b-2. Noises prohibited

No operator of a vehicle in the vicinity of and equestrian and horse may blow a horn, or cause loud or unusual noises, in a manner to startle or frighten the horse.

 

Sec. 14-298-238. Restricted use of limited access state highways

The following are prohibited from entry upon and use of the highway right of way of the parkways and other limited access state highways;

(a) Pedestrians, except during emergencies or except on facilities specifically provided therefore;

(b) Animals, other than in vehicles and horses ridden or led on bridle paths provided by proper authorities;

(c) Bicycles, except on paths specifically provided therefore;

(d) Motorized bicycles and motor scooters;

(e) Vehicles drawn or propelled other than by motor power;

(f) Self-propelled or drawn construction and agricultural equipment or equipment not designed or employed in general highway transportation, except contractors' vehicles performing in accordance with department of transportation contracts directly connected with the facility and only via the nearest entrance to and exit from the work site;

(g) Vehicles in tow by a non-rigid connection;

(h) Vehicles with car top loads which extend beyond the lateral limits of the vehicle.


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