Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-242

Current with legislation from the 2023 Regular and Special Sessions.
Section 14-242 - Turns restricted. Signals to be given before turning or stopping. U-turns. Left turns. Right turns when passing person riding bicycle, electric bicycle or electric foot scooter
(a) No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in a proper position on the highway as required by section 14-241, or turn a vehicle to enter a private road or driveway or otherwise turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a highway unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety. No person shall so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided in section 14-244.
(b) A signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.
(c) No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided in section 14-244 to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear when there is opportunity to give such signal.
(d) No person shall turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to, or near the crest of, a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet, or at any location where signs prohibiting U-turns are posted by any traffic authority.
(e) The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or within the area formed by the extension of the lateral lines of the private alley, road or driveway across the full width of the public highway with which it intersects, or so close to such intersection of public highways or to the area formed by the extension of the lateral lines of said private alley, road or driveway across the full width of the public highway as to constitute an immediate hazard.
(f) No person operating a vehicle who overtakes and passes a person riding a bicycle, an electric bicycle or an electric foot scooter and proceeding in the same direction shall make a right turn at any intersection or into any private road or driveway unless the turn can be made with reasonable safety and will not impede the travel of the person riding the bicycle, electric bicycle or electric foot scooter.
(g) Violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-242

(1955, S. 1394d; 1963, P.A. 258; 1971, P.A. 66, S. 1; P.A. 75-577, S. 86, 126; P.A. 00-70; P.A. 18-165, S. 10.)

Amended by P.A. 19-0162,S. 8 of the Connecticut Acts of the 2019 Regular Session, eff. 10/1/2019.
Amended by P.A. 18-0165, S. 10 of the Connecticut Acts of the 2018 Regular Session, eff. 10/1/2018.

Failure to signal is negligence as a matter of law but such negligence is a question of fact in determining proximate causation. 142 C. 142; 147 C. 187. Former statute cited. 145 C. 187. Violation is negligence per se but charge held adequate which stated that statute required a certain course of action. 146 Conn. 10. Cited. 149 Conn. 371. Where, in special defense of contributory negligence, defendant's alleged failure to use care of reasonably prudent person, to keep proper lookout and to operate automobile in such manner as to prevent collision, reference by court in its charge to statute was proper. Id., 386. Cited. 150 Conn. 355; 155 Conn. 409; 163 Conn. 146. Statute places a duty of reasonable safety on a driver who wishes to turn left into a private alleyway. 165 Conn. 422. Whether defendant violated section and such violation was the proximate cause of plaintiff's damage are questions for the jury. 167 Conn. 533. Cited. 179 Conn. 388; 206 Conn. 608; 234 Conn. 660. Cited 2 CA 164; 4 Conn.App. 451; 17 CA 471; 22 Conn.App. 142; 30 Conn.App. 742; 36 Conn.App. 710; 43 Conn.App. 636. Cited. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 694. Subsec. (a): No exception to signal requirement exists merely because there is no risk of collision in making turn. 154 C. 620. Cited. 166 Conn. 240. Plaintiff stopped his vehicle at curb and then turned left into driveway without signaling; this was violation of this Subsec., not Subsec. (b). 168 C. 64.

See Sec. 14-111g re operator's retraining program. See Sec. 14-295 re assessment of double or treble damages.