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Try and Connect the Dots on These Connecticut Laws

September 23, 2016

Located in the United States’ Northeast region, Connecticut is the third smallest state in the nation, but also the fourth most densely populated. Known as the Constitution State, Connecticut is unfortunately not immune to silly laws that made little sense when they were passed and even less so in the modern era.  

In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce.

Pickles are taken quite seriously in Connecticut, to the point where authentication is required before a food can officially be called a “pickle.” According to Connecticut law, a pickle may not be labeled or sold as such unless it bounces. Hopefully, the pickles are washed after testing.

You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.

This state law, which prohibits biking at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour, fortunately won’t likely apply to the average bicyclist, who typically rides at nine to twelve miles an hour. Fit bikers may reach speeds of 25 miles per hour on flat roads for short distances, but speeds much greater than this are difficult for even serious athletes to achieve. This information leaves one to wonder how many Connecticut bicyclists are able to bike at 65 miles per hour to require such a law in place.

It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25 miles per hour, even when going to a fire.

The town of New Britain, CT, has additional ideas about the maximum speed of certain vehicles. Prohibiting fire trucks to exceed 25 miles per hour, even when responding to a fire, seems a bit backwards—perhaps the firefighters should ride bicycles, instead!

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