State Seat Belt and Child Restraint Laws

Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of death for people 1-54 years old.  Using adult seat belts, booster seats, and car seats appropriate for a child’s age is best way to reduce risks of injury. Safety Belt

Every state (but New Hampshire) and the District of Columbia require safety belt use in the front seat. Most states and the District of Columbia require riders to wear seat belts in the rear seat too. For children, all states and the District of Columbia have child restraint requirements mandating the use of car seats and booster seats.  Some laws require older children to use adult safety belts.

Ever wonder what the law is in your state?  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has information on the laws in all states and the District of Columbia that you can read here.

–Janell Mayo Duncan

COPYRIGHT©2015 by Living Well Black, Inc.

Sources:

“Safety Belts,” Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute (viewed 1/26/2015)

“Seat Belts: Get the Facts,” Center for Disease Control (Viewed 1/26/2015)

 

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