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.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving


    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .16 90 days Yes  

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions


    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    No Yes No


  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorizes AV testing with a human operator.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    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

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8-15 years and 60 lbs or over

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense


  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    Yes. Primary law.

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Decriminalized and legal for medical use
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    Choice of 4 or 6 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

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


  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 17. Universal helmet law repealed 1976.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law


    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 8 and over

    In What Seat?


    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $92 for riders 18 and over ($50 fine + $7 fee + $35 surcharge)

    $120 for riders under 18 ($75 fine + $10 fee + $35 surcharge)

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted. Their legality is upheld under state Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs

    Red Light Cameras

    No state law or programs

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    55 55

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65


  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    Nighttime Driving: 18

    Driving with Passengers: 17 years, 4 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)


    4 with driver's ed

    6 without driver's ed


    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 / 4 11 p.m. - 5 a.m.

    First 6 months: no passengers except parents or instructor

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


  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    All moving traffic violations

    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?


    Signs Must Be Present?