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Primary Seat Belt Law

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Effective May 12, 2015, Utah’s seat belt law became a primary enforcement law. What does that mean? It means that a person can be pulled over just for not wearing his or her seat belt. Previously, a person could only be issued a seat belt citation if s/he had been pulled over for another violation.

The Law: All vehicle occupants must wear seat belts and children ages 8 and younger must be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat.

Remember, seat belts save lives. If you or anyone in your vehicle aren’t properly restrained, you can be issued a $45 citation.

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Infographic - Unbuckled passengers can kill other passengersInfographic - seat belts help driver stay in control



Infographic - unbuckled and buckled fatalities


Infographic - 3 of 4 people ejected are killed


Infographic - kids more likely to buckle if adults do


Get this info on a printable card here: Utah’s Primary Seat Belt Law Info Card

The card is also available in Spanish: PONTE EL CINTURÓN: La Ley de Utah para Salvar Vidas

Living Proof

Not convinced by the stats above of the importance of wearing a seat belt? Well, here’s a short video with LIVING PROOF that SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES.