State laws mandating the use of seatbelts in cars

States taking such action include: -Idaho (Idaho Code §49-673(8) repealed 2014) -Oklahoma (Okla.

(h) Notwithstanding Section 542.402(a), a municipality or county, at the end of the municipality's or county's fiscal year, shall send to the comptroller an amount equal to 50 percent of the fines collected by the municipality or the county for violations of this section. Dismissal; Obtaining Child Passenger Safety Seat System. (a) A person commits an offense if: (1) the person: (A) is at least 15 years of age; (B) is riding in a passenger vehicle while the vehicle is being operated; (C) is occupying a seat that is equipped with a safety belt; and (D) is not secured by a safety belt; or (2) as the operator of a school bus equipped with a safety belt for the operator's seat, the person is not secured by the safety belt.

(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than and not more than 0. (g) A judge, acting under Article 45.0511, Code of Criminal Procedure, who elects to defer further proceedings and to place a defendant accused of a violation of this section on probation under that article, in lieu of requiring the defendant to complete a driving safety course approved by the Texas Education Agency, shall require the defendant to attend and present proof that the defendant has successfully completed a specialized driving safety course approved by the Texas Education Agency under the Texas Driver and Traffic Safety Education Act (Article 4413(29c), Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes) that includes four hours of instruction that encourages the use of child passenger safety seat systems and the wearing of seat belts and emphasizes: (1) the effectiveness of child passenger safety seat systems and seat belts in reducing the harm to children being transported in motor vehicles; and (2) the requirements of this section and the penalty for noncompliance.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than eight years of age, unless the child is taller than four feet, nine inches, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system. (4) "Secured," in connection with use of a safety belt, means using the lap belt and any shoulder straps according to the instructions of: (A) the manufacturer of the vehicle, if the safety belt is original equipment; or (B) the manufacturer of the safety belt, if the safety belt has been added to the vehicle.

A number of states maintain statutes that completely bar or severely restrict the admissibility of evidence regarding seat belt non-usage.

In light of the fact that forty-nine states presently mandate use of safety belts and punish motorists who do not buckle up with traffic citations and fines, preventing juries from considering that a claimant injured in a car crash failed to use a seat belt seems to reflect inconsistent public policy.

Federal regulatory action initially sparked most states to take up seat belt usage legislation.

On July 17, 1984, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a regulation that would require vehicle manufacturers to equip all new passenger cars with passive restraint systems, such as airbags, beginning in the 1990 model year.

4), § 8.01, effective September 1, 2003.] (e) This section does not apply to a person: (1) operating a vehicle transporting passengers for hire, excluding third-party transport service providers when transporting clients pursuant to a contract to provide nonemergency Medicaid transportation; or (2) transporting a child in a vehicle in which all seating positions equipped with child passenger safety seat systems or safety belts are occupied.Further, many people at that time still questioned the efficacy of safety belts in preventing injuries.This limited appreciation of the benefits of seat belts was compounded by legislators’ resentment at federal intrusion into an area of state authority.Utah’s gag rule was included in the Act because, at the time of enactment, the public had not yet fully accepted seat belts and their life-saving ability.The Utah Supreme Court encapsulated the legislative debates leading to enactment: “[The] discussion centered on two issues.

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