Title 41 Chapter 6a Section 1803

Motor Vehicles
Traffic Code
Section 1803
Driver and passengers -- Seat belt or child restraint device required.

            

41-6a-1803.   Driver and passengers -- Seat belt or child restraint device required.

            (1) (a) The operator of a motor vehicle operated on a highway shall:

            (i) wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt;

            (ii) provide for the protection of each person younger than eight years of age by using a child restraint device to restrain each person in the manner prescribed by the manufacturer of the device; and

            (iii) provide for the protection of each person eight years of age up to 16 years of age by securing, or causing to be secured, a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt on each person.

            (b) Notwithstanding the requirement under Subsection (1)(a)(ii), a child under eight years of age who is 57 inches tall or taller:

            (i) is exempt from the requirement in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) to be in a child restraint device; and

            (ii) shall use a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt as required in Subsection (1)(a)(iii).

            (2) A passenger who is 16 years of age or older of a motor vehicle operated on a highway shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.

            (3) If more than one person is not using a child restraint device or wearing a safety belt in violation of Subsection (1), it is only one offense and the driver may receive only one citation.

            (4) For a person 19 years of age or older who violates Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer shall be only as a secondary action when the person has been detained for a suspected violation of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), or for another offense.


Amended by Chapter 160, 2008 General Session