If you get caught running a stop sign or red light in Connecticut, you’ll typically be looking at a fine and points on your driving record. (Depending on the circumstances, you may have options other than admitting guilt and paying the fine.) This article gives an overview of what the law prohibits and some specific consequences of a stop sign or red light violation.
At a red light (solid or flashing) or a stop sign, motorists must come to a complete stop prior to the nearest of reaching a marked limit line, entering the crosswalk at the near side of the intersection, or entering the intersection itself.
Connecticut law allows motorists to make a right turn after stopping at a red light unless there’s a sign indicating the turn is prohibited. However, drivers must use caution and follow the normal right-of-way rules when making a right on red.
Unlike some other states, Connecticut doesn’t allow drivers to make a left turn at a red light.
In Connecticut, a yellow light is a warning that the signal is about to turn red. Motorists must stop at a yellow light unless they are so close to the intersection that a stop can’t be safely made.
Lots of states use automated cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights. However, Connecticut currently does not use red light cameras.
Stop sign and red light violations are infractions in Connecticut. For a stop sign violation, a motorist will typically pay $129, including fines and fees. And the fines and fees for a stop light violation are $146.
A stop sign or light conviction will also add two demerit points to a motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension.
Depending on the circumstances, a red light or stop sign violation could also lead to a reckless driving conviction. And if one of these offenses results in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are another possibility.