A bill heard by the Transportation Committee would raise from $35 to $200 the fine for violating the traffic rule that provides when two vehicles approach or enter an intersection at approximately the same instant, the operator of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. The proposal also imposes additional penalties and/or license revocation for up to six months for any of these violations that cause death, serious bodily harm or bodily harm.
Sponsor Rep. Steven Xiarhos (R-Barnstable) noted the bill is named “Cecelia’s Law” – in memory of Cecelia Finnegan Alldredge of Sagamore who was killed when a car turned in front of her and caused a fatal crash.
“This proposed law, which mandates increased penalties for those found guilty of causing a crash by making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming vehicle, sends a clear message about the seriousness of this offense,” said Xiarhos. “By imposing stricter consequences for negligent behavior, we encourage safer driving practices and protect the lives of our fellow citizens. The importance of this legislation goes beyond this specific case. It has the potential to make our roads safer for all residents of Massachusetts.”