HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The House passed a bill on Thursday at the Connecticut State Capitol, which would make it mandatory for police transports to wear a seatbelt while riding in a law enforcement vehicle.
The bill will require the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to create a new process to address violations of the new policy.
New Haven police release additional video in Richard ‘Randy’ Cox case
The bill comes after 36-year-old Randy Cox was paralyzed while riding in the back of a police transport van without a seat belt. When the van stopped abruptly, Cox flew head-first into a metal partition inside the van, which left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Five officers with the New Haven Police Department are now facing criminal charges as a result of Cox’s life-changing injuries.
The Cox family is suing the city of New Haven for $100 million.
The bill is now headed to the Senate.