Seat Belt Laws

Effective July 1, 2008 Age Restraint Section
0-3 years All passengers shall be properly securd in. 257.710d Driver Responsible
approved Child Restraint System
4 through 7 AND UNDER 4’9” IN HEIGHT All passengers shall be
properly secured in approved Child Restraint System
257.710e Driver responsible
4 through 7 AND 4’9” OR GREATER IN HEIGHT OR 8 – 15 All passengers shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt 257.710e Driver responsible
16 years and older Driver and front seat passengers shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt 257.710e Violating occupant Responsible

SAFETY BELT EXEMPTIONS
Driver or passenger:
  • In a motor vehicle manufactured before January 1, 1965
  • In a bus, motorcycle, moped
  • Who has a written verification from a physician for physical or medical reasons
  • Motor vehicle not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law
  • Commercial or US postal service vehicle that makes frequent stops
  • Rural postal carrier while serving route
Passengers only:
  • School bus passengers (driver must be belted)
  • Children 8 years or older but less than 16 in rear seats if all available belts are used and driver and all front seat passengers are properly belted
  • Children 8 years or older but less than 16 in front seat of a pickup without an extended cab or jump seats, if all available belts are used


How to properly Install a Safety Seat:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in crashes, mainly because 3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured, or even worse, not restrained at all. 

The Taylor Police Traffic Division will assist you with a child seat installation and/or inspection.  Just call our certified child passenger safety seat technician at (734) 374-1672 or our main number at (734) 287-6611 for an appointment.

You can avoid becoming one of these statistics by learning the proper way to install your child’s seat.  To learn more, click here for a child car seat instructional video.