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Safety Belt Laws

Connecticut Safety Belt Law

Effective October 1, 2005, Connecticut state law requires that all children must be properly restrained in a federally approved car seat or booster until they are over 6 years of age AND 60 pounds (both the age and weight requirements must be met). After children outgrow their car seat, they must ride in a booster seat using a lap and shoulder belt.

The law also requires that infants remain rear-facing until they are 1 year of age AND 20 pounds.

Children between the ages of 7 and 16 years must also use safety belts and should ride in the back seat. The driver is responsible for any passenger under the age of 16 years.

Child Restraint Infractions/Violations

Statute Violation Fine
14-100a(d) Transportation of child 6 or under or weighing less than 60 lbs. without child restraint system. $92.00
14-100a(d)(1) Transportation of child 7 or older weighing 60 lbs. or more without child restraint system or safety belt. $92.00
14-100a(d)(2) Failure to require child under 1 year or weighing less than 20 lbs. to ride in a child restraint system that is rear facing. $92.00
14-100a(d)(4) Securing child in booster seat without safety belt that includes a shoulder belt. $92.00
14-100a(c1)* Failure to secure/caused to be secured in a seat safety belt any passenger 7 years of age or older and under 16 years of age. $92.00

Safety Seat Belt Checks

The Wethersfield Police Department accepts individual appointments for Child Safety Seat Belt checks to all Wethersfield residents free of charge. Under certain circumstances we have been able to provide free child safety seats to those who are unable to provide for themselves. The Wethersfield Police Department has three child safety seat technicians trained specifically to check today's modern automobiles. Residents may arrange for a child seat inspection to be conducted at the police department. Please call (860) 721-2900 and ask to leave a message in the child safety seat voice mailbox, and one of our officers will contact you.