Connecticut Law About Driving Too Fast
These links connect to
resources available and are provided with the understanding
that they represent only a starting point for research.
This web page has many
external links to valuable resources. Please view our
Policy for more information.
Connecticut Department of Motor
Connecticut Judicial Branch:
Office of the State Traffic Administration (OSTA):
Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
Speed Limits 2020-R-0232
Describe (1) how speed limits are set, including the factors
considered when determining them, and (2) any recent legislative proposals
to modify speed limit jurisdiction. This report updates OLR Report
of Revenue from Sample Speeding Ticket 2019-R-0285
Provide an example of a motor vehicle speeding ticket and break
down where the money collected from that ticket goes.
Driver Licensing and DUI Suspensions 2014-R-0241
What are the
requirements for issuing school bus driver licenses and suspending those
held by school bus drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)
Driving Under the
Influence and Hit and Run Laws - 2013-R-0235
You asked us to
compare Connecticut's hit and run and driving under the influence (DUI) laws
with those of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Rhode Island, and Vermont. You also asked how many people were killed in
Connecticut accidents involving (1) alcohol impairment and (2) hit and run
Violations on Private Property - 2012-R-0012
You asked about a motor vehicle accident that occurred in a convenience
store parking lot. The responsible driver did not have insurance and was
operating under suspension. The police said they could not bring charges
against the driver because the accident occurred on private property. You
asked what law governs in that situation.
Red Light Camera
Enforcement Cases - 2011-R-0113
You asked about recent court cases involving red
light camera enforcement and for an update of OLR Report 2010-R-0073.
Program and License Suspension - 2010-R-0264
You asked about a Connecticut law that requires a driver to take a
state-mandated driver retraining course, but does not require license
suspension, when the driver commits a specified number of moving violations.
You also asked about Connecticut laws under which a license could be
suspended and similar laws in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
Red Light and Speed
which states have successfully used radar or cameras to cite drivers who
speed or drive through red lights (automated traffic enforcement). You
also asked what happened to automated traffic enforcement bills recently
proposed in Connecticut.
Pets in Cars and
You asked whether a dog sitting in a driver's lap constitutes distracted
driving under state law . . .
Speeding Fine Comparison
for Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia 2008-R-0027
asked for a comparison of the fines for speeding for Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Speed Bumps and Speed
You asked what the difference is between a speed bump and a speed hump. You
also wanted to know where they can be installed only on local roads or on state
roads as well and who is responsible for damage
sustained by a vehicle when going over one.
Setting and Enforcing
Speed Limits on Private Roads 2006-R-0646
You asked if a municipality can establish, post signs regarding, and enforce
speed limits on (1) private roads generally and (2) private roads within a
special tax district in the municipality.
Police Jurisdiction and
Speeding - 2005-R-0398
State Police Enforcement
- Speeding and Reckless Driving 2004-R-0838
asked for state police enforcement statistics for speeding and reckless driving
from 2001 to present and information on fines for such transgressions.
(how they are determined) -
Driving Law 2000-R-1139
You asked for an explanation of the Connecticut reckless driving statute.
Vehicle from Police Pursuit
Connecticut General Statutes
Chapter 246 - Motor
Chapter 248 - Vehicle
14-212b. School zones. Fines doubled.
14-218a. Traveling unreasonably fast.
Establishment of speed limits.
14-219c. Use of speed monitoring devices to support a conviction.
14-220. Slow speed.
14-222. Reckless driving.
14-224. Evasion of responsibility in operation of
motor vehicles. Racing. Required removal of motor vehicle from traveled
portion of highway. Impoundment or fine.
14-240. Vehicles to be driven reasonable distance apart.
14-240a. Vehicles to be driven reasonable distance apart. Intent to
harass or intimidate.
14-295. Double or treble damages
for personal injury or property damage resulting from certain traffic
Chapter 881b - Infractions
of the Law
Chapter 882 - Superior
Connecticut Case Law
Deegan v. Simmons, 100 Conn. App. 524 (2007)
On appeal, the plaintiffs claim that the court improperly (1) admitted
evidence concerning the speeds at which other motorists customarily drive,
(2) allowed a police officer to testify as to his practice concerning the
circumstances in which he would issue tickets to motorists
State v. Milotte,
95 Conn. App. 616 (2006)
Police officer lacked a reasonable and articulable suspicion of criminal
activity to justify a warrantless investigatory stop of defendant's vehicle. Appeal dismissed at
281 Conn. 612 (2007)
Tarro v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles,
279 Conn. 280 (2006)
had a reasonable suspicion to stop a speeder.
American Car Rental, Inc. v. Commissioner of Consumer Protection, 273 Conn.
A rental company's speeding fee
is an illegal fine.
Connecticut Law by Subject