State laws mandating the use of seatbelts in cars
Children 4 through 5 must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt.The Driver is responsible for buckling up the child. A ticket can be issued to the driver who fails to make sure a child passenger is properly secured in a safety seat or with a seat belt.
in addition, all passengers under 18 years old must wear a seat belt or be otherwise restrained by a child car seat. For a child that is not properly restrained the violation is $60.
It is against the law to operate a vehicle if all the passengers do not meet these standards. Seat belt laws apply to all cars, pickup trucks, and vans operated on Florida roads.
Seat belts save lives and help prevent serious injuries in a traffic crash. This law also applies to visitors from outside New York State.
This is why New York State requires seat belt use by adults in motor vehicles. Every child under age 16 in the vehicle must use a safety restraint.
If under age four, he or she must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a safety belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system.
A child under age four who weighs more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt.
All passengers in the front seat must wear a seat belt.
All passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt Children 3 and younger must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat.
“As of July 2010, 31 States and the District of Columbia had primary belt use laws, 18 States had secondary enforcement laws, and New Hampshire had no belt use law applicable to adults (IIHS, [undated])” (UNC Highway Safety Research Center, 2011, p. Seat belt laws vary by whether they cover front-seat occupants only or include rear-seat occupants as well.
In a few states, seat belt use is a secondary law for drivers and passengers older than a specified age (varies by state) but a primary law for younger passengers.
The lap belt should be placed low and tight across the upper thighs; the shoulder belt should rest tightly but comfortably across the child's chest and shoulder (collar bone) without touching the throat.