Click it or Ticket (Updated 08/31/09)
Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
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Sec. 545.412.  Child Passenger Safety Seat Systems; Offense.  

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(a) A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than five years of age and less than 36 inches in height, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.

(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $200.

*Updated this year* 545.412 Child Passenger Safety Seat Systems

- Any child younger than 8 who is shorter than 4'9"

 

 

Sec. 545.413. Safety Belts; Offense .

(a) A person commits an offense if the person:

(1) is at least 15 years of age

(2) is riding in the front seat of a passenger vehicle  while the vehicle is being operated;

(3) is occupying a seat that is equipped with a safety belt; and

(4) is not secured by a safety belt.

(b) A person commits an offense if the person:

(1) operates a passenger vehicle that is equipped with safety belts; and

(2) allows a child who is younger than 17 years of age and who is not required to be secured in a child passenger safety seat system under Section 545.412(a) to ride in the vehicle without requiring the child to be secured by a safety belt, provided the child is occupying a seat that is equipped with a safety belt.

(c)  A passenger vehicle  or a seat in a passenger vehicle  is considered to be equipped with a safety belt if the vehicle is required under Section 547.601 to be equipped with safety belts.

(d) An offense under Subsection (a)  is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $50.  An offense under Subsection (b) is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $200.

*Updated this Year*  545.413 Safety Belts

-   Seatbelts for those 15 and older now applies anywhere in a passenger vehicle, not just the front seat

-   The seatbelt requirement for those under 17 is extended to a passenger van designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers, including the driver.

-   There is a defense for certain sanitation workers

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