Connecticut ranks 31st in highway safety

(AP) - A national report ranks Connecticut 31st in the nation in terms of highway safety.

The report by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety bases its ranking on 15 model laws to reduce traffic fatalities. Connecticut has seven of the model laws.

Among other things, the report finds that Connecticut lacks an all-rider motorcycle helmet law, an open container law and lacks a mandatory ignition interlock for first-time drunken driving offenders.

Connecticut is given partial credit for its child booster seat law and its graduated drivers license program for teenagers.

A spokesman for Gov. M. Jodi Rell says he expects the legislature will take a close look at any deficiencies in Connecticut's traffic safety laws.

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