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Substitute Senate Bill No. 687

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-99

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ENGAGING POLICE IN A PURSUIT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 14-223 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Whenever the operator of any motor vehicle fails promptly to bring his motor vehicle to a full stop upon the signal of any officer in uniform or prominently displaying the badge of his office, or disobeys the direction of such officer with relation to the operation of his motor vehicle, he shall be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined thirty-five dollars for a first offense, and shall be fined not less than thirty-five dollars nor more than fifty dollars for any subsequent offense.

(b) No person, when signalled to stop by an officer in a police vehicle using an audible signal device or flashing or revolving lights, shall increase his speed in an attempt to escape or elude such police officer. Any person who violates this subsection shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than [one] TWO thousand dollars OR IMPRISONED NOT MORE THAN ONE YEAR OR BOTH, and shall have his motor vehicle operator's license suspended for one year for the first offense, except that the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may, after a hearing, as provided for in subsection (k) of section 14-111, and upon a showing of compelling mitigating circumstances, reinstate his license before the expiration of such one-year period. For any subsequent offense he shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars OR IMPRISONED NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR NOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OR BOTH, and shall have his motor vehicle operator's license suspended for not less than eighteen months nor more than two years, except that said commissioner may, after a hearing, as provided for in subsection (k) of section 14-111, and upon a showing of compelling mitigating circumstances, reinstate his license before such period.

Approved May 8, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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