New Connecticut seat belt law requires anyone in the backseat to buckle up


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut seat belt laws are changing. Governor Ned Lamont has signed a new law that will make it mandatory for people in the back seat to buckle up.

As of now, only kids under 16 years old must be buckled in the backseat of a car.

The bill became Public Act 21-175 with Governor Lamont signing it on July 12. This new law takes into effect on October 1, 2021.

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The bill was a part of a larger State Department of Transportation bill and was passed with bipartisan support.

“Connecticut has taken a significant step to reduce serious injuries and fatalities involving unbelted rear-seat passengers,” said Alec Slatky, AAA Northeast’s Director of Public and Government Affairs. “Given the spike in fatalities on roadways last year, passage of this lifesaving measure is cause for celebration.”

Connecticut is the 32nd state to adopt this new policy on back-seat occupants in cars.

While police cannot pull you over just for someone being unbuckled in the backseat but can give you a ticket if you’re stopped.

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