Traffic Violations Information

Traffic violations are common violations, especially in the state of Connecticut. At some point, many drivers are pulled over for a minor violation, be it speeding, reckless driving or driving to intimidate. Below is information on a wide range of traffic matters in which you can be represented by a lawyer.

If you wish to discuss these or other traffic infractions, get in touch with our criminal defense attorney at Cummings Law Firm today. Call 203-754-7779 or contact us online. We serve in Waterbury, Danbury, Torrington and throughout the region.


One of the most common traffic violations is speeding. In Connecticut, this is a crime. If you are pulled over and given a ticket for speeding, there are a few different ways that you can plead. You may plead not guilty to the ticket, and take your case to court in an attempt to fight it. If you take your case to court and you are found guilty, you face more serious penalties than when you simply plead to the ticket and pay the fine. You can lose points on your driver's license and face a larger fine if you are found guilty of speeding in court.

Another way to plead to a speeding ticket is Nolo Contendere. This means no contest, which means that you aren't denying to or admitting to the charges. Instead, you simply pay the ticket and don't have to deal with a court appearance. You also will not face any points taken off of your driver's license for a first offense.

Reckless Driving

Another common traffic violation is reckless driving. Reckless driving is defined as operation of a motor vehicle at such a speed as to endanger the life of someone who is not operating the motor vehicle. Reckless driving can occur on:

  • A private road.
  • A public highway.
  • A specially chartered municipal association.
  • A parking lot with room for 10 or more cars.
  • School property.

When a person is found guilty of reckless driving for the first time, he or she faces a fine and a jail sentence of as much as 30 days, and a license suspension of 30 days. A subsequent offense will result in a higher fine, a license suspension of 60 days and a jail sentence of as much as one year.

Driving To Intimidate

Driving too closely to another car can result in a charge of driving to intimidate. Driving to intimidate might seem like a minor issue, but it can lead to more serious driving issues such as accidents, road rage or aggressive driving. If you are charged with driving to intimidate, you face the same penalties as you would for reckless driving.


The Department of Motor Vehicles monitors drivers by giving them points for traffic violations. Points on a license remain on a driving record for two years. If you have seven points in three years you will have to attend driver retraining. Points are assessed from a license in the following manner:

One point will be assessed for:

  • Operating at unreasonable rate of speed (Sec. 14-218a)
  • Speeding (Sec. 14-219)
  • Failure to drive in right-hand lane (Sec. 14-230)
  • Illegal use of limited access highway by bus, commercial vehicle or vehicle with trailer (Sec. 14-230a)
  • Improper operation on multiple-lane highways (Sec. 14-236)
  • Improper operation on divided highway (Sec.14-237)
  • Wrong direction at rotary or one-way street (Sec. 14-239)
  • Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, failure to signal intention to turn (Sec. 14-242)
  • Improper backing or starting (Sec. 14-243)
  • Failure to give proper signal (Sec. 14-244)
  • Operator's duties on stopping a school bus (Sec. 14-277)
  • Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing (Sec. 14-289b)

Wrong way on one-way street (Sec. 14-303)

Two points will be assessed for:

  • Slow speed, impending traffic (Sec. 14-220)
  • Disobeying orders of officer (Sec. 14- 223a)
  • Entering or leaving controlled access highway at other than designated entrance or exit (Sec. 14-238)
  • Entry upon a limited access highway other than a highway intersection or designated point (Sec. 14-238a)
  • Executing turn from wrong lane or contrary to traffic control devices (Sec. 14-241)
  • Failure to obey signal at railroad crossing (Sec. 14-249)
  • Failure to observe parkway or expressway restrictions (Sec. 14-298)
  • Failure to obey traffic control signal light (Sec. 14-299)
  • Failure to obey yield sign (Sec. 14-302)

Operating a vehicle through pedestrian safety zone (Sec. 14-304)

Three points are assessed for:

  • Driving while impaired (Sec. 14-227a(b)).
  • Failure to keep right when meeting opposing traffic (Sec. 14-231)
  • Improper passing or failure to yield to passing vehicle (Sec. 14-232)
  • Passing on right (Sec. 14-233)
  • Passing in no passing zone (Sec. 14-234)
  • Failure to keep to right on curve, grade or approaching intersection (Sec. 14-235)
  • Failure to drive reasonable distance apart (Sec. 14-240)
  • Failure to grant right of way at intersection (Sec. 14-245)
  • Failure to yield when emerging from driveway or private road (Sec. 14-247)
  • Failure to grant right of way when emerging from alley driveway or building (Sec. 14-247a)
  • Failure to grant right of way to pedestrian (Sec. 14-300)

Four points are assessed for:

  • Wagering, speed record (Sec. 14-224c)
  • Failure to drive reasonable distance apart, intent to harass (Sec. 14-240a)

Passing stopped school bus (Sec. 14-279)

Five points will be assessed for:

  • Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle (Sec. 14-222a)
  • Operation of school bus at excessive speed Sec. 14-281a)