Do You Know State Seat Belt Laws?

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    January 22 2021

    Do You Know State Seat Belt Laws?

    During the COVID-19 pandemic many people have decided to drive instead of fly. This means that you are more likely to find yourself in a car in another state. No matter where you are driving, you should always wear your seat belt. For drivers and front seat passengers, seat belts greatly reduce the risk of fatal injury. But just because you should wear your seat belt, does that mean you have to? It depends on where you are driving. Below we provide the state seat belt laws for all 50 states.

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    What Are State Laws for Seat Belts?

    Seat belt laws vary by state. However, the laws can generally be divided into the following two categories:

    • Primary enforcement
    • Secondary enforcement

    Primary enforcement laws allow a police officer to stop and cite a motorist solely for not using a seat belt. Secondary enforcement laws allow a police officer to enforce the seat belt law, but only if the motorist has been pulled over for another violation first.

    All states, except New Hampshire, require adult front seat occupants to use seat belts. New Hampshire has no seat belt law that covers drivers or passengers 18 and older. Not all states require adult rear seat passengers to wear seat belts.

    Please note, separate laws apply to children and also vary by state. Child restraint laws are not discussed below.

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    States with Primary Enforcement Laws

    The following states have primary enforcement laws for seat belts. A police officer in the following states can stop and cite a motorist for not wearing a seat belt.

    Alabama

    In Alabama, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 15 and older in all seats. Seat belt laws are primary for drivers and front seat passengers and secondary for rear seat passengers.

    Alaska

    In Alaska, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats.

    Arkansas

    In Arkansas, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 15 and older.

    California

    In California, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats.

    Connecticut

    In Connecticut, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 8 and older.

    Delaware

    In Delaware, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats.

    Florida

    In Florida, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, front seat passengers aged 6 and older, and passengers 6 to 17 years old. The laws apply to all seats.

    Georgia

    In Georgia, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, front seat passengers aged 18 and older, and passengers aged 8 to 17.

    Hawaii

    In Hawaii, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 8 and older in all seats.

    Illinois

    In Illinois, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats.

    Indiana

    In Indiana, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats.

    Iowa

    In Iowa, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 18 and older.

    Kansas

    In Kansas, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 14 and older in all seats. Seat belt laws are primary for drivers and front seat passengers and secondary for rear seat passengers.

    Kentucky

    In Kentucky, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, passengers aged 8 and older, and younger passengers taller than 57 inches, in all seats.

    Louisiana

    In Louisiana, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 13 and older in all seats.

    Maine

    In Maine, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 18 and older in all seats.

    Maryland

    In Maryland, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats. Seat belt laws are primary for drivers and front seat passengers and secondary for rear seat passengers.

    Michigan

    In Michigan, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 16 and older.

    Minnesota

    In Minnesota, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, passengers aged 8 and older, and younger passengers who are more than 57 inches tall. The laws apply to all seats. Drivers will be ticketed for unbelted passengers ages 14 and younger. Unbelted passengers age 15 and older will be ticketed directly.

    Mississippi

    In Mississippi, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 7 and older in all seats.

    New Jersey

    In [New Jersey](https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/seatbelts.html#:~:text=Applies%20to%20all%20passengers%20(including,and%20fastened%20seat%20belt%20system), the seat belt laws apply to drivers, passengers aged 8 and older, and younger passengers who are more than 57 inches tall, in all seats. Seat belt laws are primary for drivers and front seat passengers and secondary for rear seat passengers.

    New Mexico

    In New Mexico, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 18 and older in all seats.

    New York

    In New York, the universal seat belt laws apply to drivers and all passengers.

    North Carolina

    In North Carolina, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats. Seat belt laws are primary for drivers and front seat passengers and secondary for rear seat passengers.

    Oklahoma

    In Oklahoma, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 9 and older.

    Oregon

    In Oregon, all motor vehicle operators and passengers must be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness. Unless all safety-belt equipped seating positions are occupied by other persons.

    Rhode Island

    In Rhode Island, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 8 and older in all seats.

    South Carolina

    In South Carolina, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 8 and older in all seats.

    Tennessee

    In Tennessee, all drivers and front seat passengers must have a seat belt properly fastened about their bodies at all times when the vehicle is in a forward motion.

    Texas

    In Texas, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, passengers aged 8 and older, and younger passengers who are more than 57 inches tall, in all seats.

    Utah

    In Utah, all passengers must wear seat belts in all seating positions.

    Washington

    In Washington, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 16 and older in all seats.

    West Virginia

    In West Virginia, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, front seat passengers aged 8 and older, and passengers aged 8 to 17, in all seats.

    Wisconsin

    In Wisconsin, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 8 and older in all seats.

    States with Secondary Enforcement Laws

    The following states have secondary enforcement laws for seat belts. A police officer can only ticket an unbelted motorist if the motorist is stopped for another reason.

    Arizona

    In Arizona, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, front seat passengers aged 8 and older, and passengers aged 8 to 15 in all seats.

    Colorado

    In Colorado, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 16 and older.

    Idaho

    In Idaho, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 7 and older in all seats.

    Massachusetts

    In Massachusetts, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 13 and older in all seats.

    Missouri

    In Missouri, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 16 and older.

    Montana

    In Montana, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 6 and older in all seats.

    Nebraska

    In Nebraska, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 18 and older.

    Nevada

    In Nevada, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 6 and older in all seats.

    North Dakota

    In North Dakota, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 18 and older.

    Ohio

    In Ohio, the seat belt laws apply to drivers, front seat passengers aged 15 and older, and passengers aged 8 to 14 in all seats.

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania’s seat belt law requires drivers and passengers 18 years and older to wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat.

    South Dakota

    In South Dakota, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 18 and older.

    Vermont

    In Vermont, everyone in the vehicle, including backseat passengers and children, must wear seat belts properly.

    Virginia

    In Virginia, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and front seat passengers aged 18 and older.

    Wyoming

    In Wyoming, the seat belt laws apply to drivers and passengers aged 9 and older in all seats.

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