Key Highway Safety Laws in Connecticut
Like every state, Connecticut has their own specific highway safety laws. These are the laws that most commonly affect drivers and though they have been created to keep motorists safe they are also the laws and regulations that are often broken, resulting in tickets for violators. In addition, breaking these laws, such as exceeding the maximum speed limit, too often results in injurious, even deadly car accidents. Read on to read about the key highway safety laws that affect you as a Connecticut driver. The following laws have been compiled and outlined by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
- Aggressive Driving- There is currently no Connecticut state law that addresses the issue of aggressive drivers.
- Cell Phone and Texting– Connecticut has a primary handheld cell phone law that covers all drivers. This ban extends to text messaging while driving.
- Child Passenger Safety– A rear facing child seat must be used for children under one and under 20 pounds. Children ages 1-6 and less than 60 pounds must be in an appropriate child restraint system. Adult belts may only be used for children who are 7-15 and less than 60 pounds.
- Drug Impaired Driving- There is currently no law in Connecticut that addresses the issue of driving while under the influence of drugs.
- Drunk Driving- Anyone caught driving drunk may lose their license for 90 days. A BAC over .16 can result in an increased penalty. Repeat offender laws are applicable in Connecticut.
- Helmets- Motorcyclists under 18 are required to wear a motorcycle helmet when operating or riding on a motorcycle. Bicyclists under 16 are required by law to wear a helmet.
- Sobriety Checkpoints– Police are allowed, by law, to conduct sobriety checkpoints.
- Work Zones- Those caught speeding in a work zone where workers are present may be given a ticket that is double the original fine.
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