Seat Belt Law

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Buckle Up!

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The greatest risk to child passengers four to eight years of age is the lack of use of any restraint system in a motor vehicle. Parents not only need to ensure that their child is placed in an age-appropriate child safety seat but also that their child is properly restrained. This can reduce their risk of injury and death by as much as two-thirds.  Pennsylvania law requires children under four to be restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat and four through eight are to be in a child booster seat. 

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Summary of the Pennsylvania Safety Belt Law

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1. Each driver and front seat passenger shall wear a properly fastened and adjusted seat belt. The driver shall secure or cause to be secured in a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system any occupant who is eight years of age or older and less than 18 years of age. 

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2. Each driver who transports a child under four (4) years of age anywhere in the motor vehicle, including the cargo area, shall fasten such child securely in a child passenger restraint system,

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3. The driver shall secure or cause to be secured with a booster seat any child over the age 4 and under the age of 8.

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4. A driver who is under 18 years of age may not operate a motor vehicle in which the number of passengers exceeds the number of available safety seat belts in the vehicle.

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5. Violators, if convicted, are liable to pay a $10.00 - $100.00 fine depending on the offense; plus Court Administrative costs for the seat belt violation.

6. Exceptions to the law are made for (1) those with medical or psychological diagnoses that make them unable to wear a seat belt (Written verification must be produced); (2) occupants of cars manufactured before July 1, 1966; (3) specific occupational destinations.

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NOTE: Children from four through seven years of age must be in a booster seat and children eight through 17 must be in a seat belt regardless of where they sit in a vehicle. small children should ride in a rear seat in child safety seats approved for their age and size.  And infants in rear facing child safety seats should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.

 
W.T.P.D.