Public Safety Tips
What exactly is a reasonable and prudent distance? That’s a really important question when referring to how close you are to the vehicle directly in front of you while driving anywhere from interstate to country road to neighborhood street. To some, reasonable and prudent might mean “If I ain’t touchin his bumper then what’s the problem?” while to others “Unless I’ve got five car lengths between us then I’m too close.” Regardless, below is the Connecticut Statute that addresses tailgating.
Sec. 14-240. Vehicles to be driven reasonable distance apart.
(a) No driver of a motor vehicle shall follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having regard for the speed of such vehicles, the traffic upon and the condition of the highway and weather conditions.
(b) No person shall drive a vehicle in such proximity to another vehicle as to obstruct or impede traffic.
(c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any highway in a caravan shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between such vehicles or combination of vehicles to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to funeral processions or to motor vehicles under official escort or traveling under a special permit.
(d) Violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction, provided any person operating a commercial vehicle combination in violation of any such provision shall have committed a violation and shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one hundred fifty dollars.
So with that in mind, each individual operator may subjectively deem themselves to be “reasonable and prudent” while operating a motor vehicle when, in reality, they may very well either be dangerously close to the vehicle directly in front of them or unnecessarily cautious.
Everyone should use common sense and sound judgment, taking into account the weather, construction zone, road conditions, accidents, demeanor/speed of other motorists and the general driving experience of each operator.
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