Committee torn on Candlewood Lake speed cut
Published 11:45 am, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Over the last 10 years, there have been 51 accidents on Candlewood Lake between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Alcohol was involved in at least three accidents.
12 people were injured.
Eight involved two vessels colliding; one watercraft hit a fixed object.
Three involved speed of between 21 and 40 mph.
Five occurred at speeds below 10 mph.
Five were at speeds between 11 and 20 mph.
Two were water skier mishaps.
* Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
He called for more stringent overnight speed enforcement on the 11-mile-long, 2-mile-wide lake spanning parts of Danbury, New Milford, New Fairfield, Sherman and Brookfield.
“When operating at 25 or 30 mph, the reaction time for a boat to avoid a collision at night is no more than a split second,” Callahan wrote to the committee. “If alcohol or drug use is added to that equation, a collision would be unavoidable as we have seen with serious accidents on the lake in past years.”
Klee said that there is no evidence that lowering the overnight speed to 15 mph would improve boater safety. The committee has until March 18 to vote on the legislation.
Klee’s staff told the committee that over the last 10 years, only six accidents have occurred on the lake between 11 p.m. and sunrise. But one of the accidents had two fatalities along with three injuries, and another resulted in three injuries. Both of those accidents involved alcohol.