Adult Seat Belts
Q: What is the Connecticut seat belt law?
A: Drivers and front seat passengers MUST wear safety belts. All rear seat passengers aged 4-16 years old.
Q: What is the fine for not wearing a seat belt?
A: A $92 fine.
Q: If I'm in a serious crash, what difference will a safety belt make?
A: It could be the difference between life and death. Safety belts when used properly reduce the number of serious traffic injuries by 50% and fatalities by 60-70%. Safety belts improve your chances of traveling safely in many ways. They can:
Stop the "human collision"
Many injuries or deaths occur when a person inside the car collides with:
A safety belt stops this human collision by holding you in place. An internal collision occurs when the organs and bone structure of your body is altered due to the crash. The internal collision affects the brain, bony parts of the skull, and all internal organs. Wearing a seat belt can protect your body in the event of a crash.
Keep you inside the car
You are 25 times more likely to be killed or injured if you're thrown from the car. If you are thrown "free" you may be thrown into:
Spread out the force of a collision
Keep you conscious
Since safety belts prevent the "human collision," there's a better chance you'll remain conscious. If you remain conscious, you can:
Help keep you in control
In an emergency, safety belts keep you behind the wheel and ready to react if necessary. Being in control can help you keep minor crashes minor or avoid them altogether.
Prevent minor injuries
Safety belts often prevent these injuries-and the pain, lost income, medical bills and higher insurance rates that go along with them. All vehicle occupants should be properly buckled up for every trip.