Most seat belt laws in the united states are left to the states however, the first seat belt law was a federal law, title 49 of the united states code, chapter 301, motor vehicle safety standard, which took effect on january 1, 1968, that required all vehicles (except buses) to be fitted with seat belts in all designated seating positions.
Safety belts and child safety seats pickup trucks: restrictions on riding in cargo areas august 2018 safety belt laws there are mandatory safety belt laws in all states except new hampshire in some states, these laws cover front-seat occupants only, but belt laws in 29 states and the district of columbia cover all rear-seat occupants, too. On the promise of reducing highway fatalities and auto insurance rates, seat-belt laws began to pass in state legislatures throughout the united states beginning in 1985 while such laws had been proposed before 1985, they were rejected by most state legislators since they knew the vast majority of. Seat belt laws are divided into two categories: primary and secondary primary seat belt laws allow law enforcement officers to ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt, without any other traffic offense taking place.
Primary enforcement [of seat] belt use laws permit seat belt use law violators to be stopped and cited independently of any other traffic behavior secondary enforcement laws allow violators to be cited only after they first have been stopped for some other traffic violation. Florida mandatory seat belt laws state of florida seat belt laws in a car crash you are much more likely to be killed if you are not wearing a seat belt that is why florida has seat belt laws the law states that the front seat passengers must wear seat belts.
The complete details of the california seat belt law are contained in the california vehicle code, section 27315 mandatory seat belt law this law is also known as the motor vehicle safety act this law is also known as the motor vehicle safety act.
Last revision: october 2001 the effects of mandatory seat belt laws on driving behavior and traffic fatalities ^ alma cohen department of economics.
Decisions in seat belt cases generally follow the reasoning used in many other cases involving related highway safety issues, such as laws requiring mandatory helmet use by motorcyclists and securing small children in child restraints, which view such regulations as a reasonable exercise of a state's police power in the interests of the public.