Yes! In the state of Connecticut, you can receive a ticket for tailing the driver in front of you. In fact, multiple tailgating infractions can result in hundreds of dollars in fines and up to one year in prison.
According to Chapter 248, Sec. 240, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “No person shall drive a vehicle in such proximity to another vehicle as to obstruct or impede traffic” and that automobiles are to be driven in such a way “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.” In other words, there should be enough space between your car and the car in front of you that a third vehicle could fit in the remaining space.
Section 240a states, “No person operating 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 roadway or highway and weather conditions, with the intent to harass or intimidate the operator of the preceding motor vehicle.” While “reasonable and prudent” distance between vehicles is not clearly outlined, violating this traffic rule can cost you up to $300 in fines and 30 days in prison for a first offense, with $600 in fines and 1 year in prison for each subsequent offense.
What If I’ve Been Unfairly Ticketed?
Paying for a traffic ticket is an admission of guilt and declining to fight unfair charges can have lasting effects on your driving record, insurability, and more. If you feel you have unduly received a traffic ticket for tailgating, reckless driving, or other alleged offenses, let The Sills Law Firm be your Connecticut traffic lawyers. Call us at (860) 524-8118 or schedule your free consultation today!