Q. Seat Belt Use Laws

Answer

Seat belt use laws are passed by the states, rather than the US DOT.  For a comparison of seat belt laws by state, see the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) web site at: http://www.iihs.org/laws/SafetyBeltUse.aspx

Additional information on safety belt use is available from IIHS at http://www.iihs.org/research/topics/belt_use.html

A primary seat belt use law permits law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation for a seat belt violation, even if this is the only violation the officer notices. Secondary laws allow the officer to issue a seat belt citation to a motorist only after the officer stops the driver for another violation.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/alcohol/StrategiesStopID/pages/PrimarySBL.html

Statistics on accidents and occupant protection can be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web site at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/CATS/listpublications.aspx?Id=23&ShowBy=Category

For studies and information from NHTSA's Occupant Protection Program, see: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Occupant+Protection

For the National Safety Council's seat belt safety resources, see http://www.nsc.org/SAFETY_ROAD/DRIVERSAFETY/Pages/SeatBelts.aspx

For additional information, contact NHTSA directly.   

You will find NHTSA Regional Office contact information on: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/whatis/regions

You may e-mail NHTSA Headquarters using the e-form on: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/email.cfm

The toll-free NHTSA hotline may be reached at 1-888-327-4236

In the Washington, D.C. metro area and for foreign callers, the number is 202-366-0123

The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 10 PM Eastern. Hotline automated system functions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Your state DOT also might be of assistance. For a list of links to state DOTs, please see: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/webstate.htm

  • Last Updated Dec 13, 2016
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  • Answered By David Martin

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