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Definition 1:  "Vehicle" means a motor vehicle, a snowmobile, any aircraft, or any vessel equipped for propulsion by mechanical means or sail. 

Source:  General Statutes 53a-3 (8) (applies to Penal Code).

CommentaryThe statutory definition specifically incorporates General Statutes 14-1 (50), which defines  "motor vehicle" as any vehicle propelled or drawn by any nonmuscular power, except aircraft, motor boats, road rollers, baggage trucks used about railroad stations or other mass transit facilities, electric battery-operated wheel chairs when operated by physically handicapped persons at speeds not exceeding fifteen miles per hour, golf carts operated on highways solely for the purpose of crossing from one part of the golf course to another, golf-cart-type vehicles operated on roads or highways on the grounds of state institutions by state employees, agricultural tractors, farm implements, such vehicles as run only on rails or tracks, self-propelled snow plows, snow blowers and lawn mowers, when used for the purposes for which they were designed and operated at speeds not exceeding four miles per hour, whether or not the operator rides on or walks behind such equipment, bicycles with helper motors as defined in section 14-286, special mobile equipment as defined in subsection (i) of section 14-165, mini-motorcycle, as defined in section 14-289j, and any other vehicle not suitable for operation on a highway. 

Definition 2:  "Motor vehicle" includes all vehicles used on the public highways.

Source:  General Statutes 14-212 (5) (applies to Chapter 248, Vehicle Highway Use).

Commentary:  General Statutes 14-212 (10) provides that "vehicle" is synonymous with "motor vehicle."  "Motor vehicle," as defined in 14-212 includes any vehicle, including an all-terrain vehicle, that is operated on a public highway.  State v. Knybel, 281 Conn. 707 (2007).  This includes a moped operated on a public highway.  State v. Fontaine, 112 Conn. App. 190, 202, cert. denied, 290 Conn. 921 (2009).




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