Connecticut

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Connecticut. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes AV testing with a human operator.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Helmets required for all riders under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1976.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

Choice of 4 or 6 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

65 and over: choice of 2- or 6-year renewal, mail renewal requires demonstration of hardship

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

55

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

90 days

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Highly incentivized for all convictions

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Open container laws

No

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Increased penalty for high BAC
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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 yrs or under 30 lbs in rear-facing restraint system
2-4 yrs or 30-40 lbs in child restraint system
5-7 yrs or 40-60 lbs in child restraint or booster seat
Booster seats only with a lap and shoulder belt

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-15 years and 60 lbs or over

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

Nighttime Driving: 18
Driving with Passengers: 17 years, 4 months

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

4 with driver's ed
6 without driver's ed

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

40

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16 / 4

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

11 p.m. - 5 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 6 months: no passengers except parents or instructor
Second 6 months: no passengers except parents, instructor or immediate family

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

8 and over

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In What Seat?

Front

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

None

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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