Vehicle Code in Connecticut

Connecticut's Vehicle Code

Why do you need to know Connecticut's vehicle code? Isn't that what lawyers are for? Well, this may be true, but when it comes to motor vehicle violations, the vehicle law isn't too difficult to comprehend and utilize, and it's a good idea to know the basics. You may just learn a thing or two that could help you become a better driver and avoid committing traffic violations in the future.

Reading through the Connecticut motor vehicle code will help familiarize you with the rules of the road:

In Title 14: Connecticut Motor Vehicle Code (the entire code), you'll find legal information exactly as it is written about:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs (DUI).
  • Driving without car insurance or with an insufficient amount of insurance.
  • Driving without registration or with expired registration.
  • Making an illegal U-turn.
  • Mechanical and equipment violations and regulations.
  • Seat belt laws and child restraint regulations and violations.
  • Speeding and reckless/negligent driving.
  • Running a red light or stop sign, or disobeying a traffic signal.

If you've recently received a traffic ticket for any type of traffic law infraction, the Connecticut motor vehicle code can be a great place to turn. You'll be able to look up the exact language of the traffic law you have violated. With a better understanding of your violation, you'll be able to determine if you have any basis to fight your ticket. Additionally, you'll know what to do in the future to avoid a citation for the same traffic offense.

If you are looking for legal advice or help with a traffic ticket, you may also consider contacting an attorney. An attorney may be able to help you translate and understand the Connecticut motor vehicle code and inform you of any exceptions or precedents that may apply to your situation.

Check Your CT Driver's License Status

Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Connecticut driver's license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver's license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record at the CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

Remember, traffic tickets, for both major and minor traffic violations, can lead to penalties from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and/or your local court. If you commit too many minor traffic violations or certain major offenses, you run the risk of receiving a driver's license suspension, fines, reinstatement requirements, and defensive driving course completion requirements.

Additionally, traffic violations can cause your car insurance provider to raise your rates.

Ordering your driving record after receiving a traffic ticket is a good way to keep your driving behavior in check and allow yourself to improve your driving before the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles takes official action against your driver's license.

For more information on some related topics, please visit our pages on Suspended License in Connecticut and Defensive Driving in Connecticut.

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