Today in History — Did You Know Connecticut Was the First to Do This?
Connecticut, with it's high taxes, has driven thousands of residents to move elsewhere. We often rank low in desirable places to live lists. But did you know our state was a driving force behind the wheel?
When you think of some of the extremely picturesque cities and towns around Connecticut, it brings a smile to contemplate a leisurely weekend drive to take in the sights. But wait, there's tons of construction, and angry drivers tailgating and passing you at every turn. That'll put a crimp in your cruise.
Way back when though, Connecticut really put the brakes on, so to speak. According to history.com while speed limits had been set in the 1600's for non - motorized vehicles, it was May 21,1901 when Connecticut made history by becoming the first state to pass a law regulating the speeds of motor vehicles.
Hold on tight, the ride is about to get bumpy. The account says that Connecticut Representative Robert Woodruff presented a bill to the State General Assembly suggesting that all motor-vehicles adhere to a speed limit of 8 mph within city limits and 12 mph outside.
The law, which passed on May 21, 1901, upped the limits to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads, but with a very specific requirement. Motor vehicle drivers had to slow down when getting close to or passing horse-drawn vehicles. You also were expected to come to a complete stop if necessary to steer clear of scaring the horses.
Fast forward 117 years to today, and all bets are off on most drivers caring about anyone but themselves when behind the wheel. And speed limits appear to be merely a suggestion that most ignore. Enjoy your ride.
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