First and foremost, it is important to know that Tennessee is a primary seat belt state. This means that a police officer can pull over a vehicle solely because the driver or one of the passengers is not buckled in. It is required that all drivers and passengers driving or riding a vehicle wear their seat belt, regardless of age or position in the car. When it comes to child passenger restraint laws, those of Tennessee are among the nation’s most specific. Tennessee law specifies the type of system that should be used based on the child’s age and proportions. Infants under the age of 1 and those that weigh less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing infant seat. Children between 1 and 3 and weighing 20 pounds or more must be placed in a forward-facing infant seat. Children between the age of 4 and 8 and measuring less than 57 inches must be strapped into an approved belt-positioning booster seat system. An adult seat belt is allowed for children aged 9 to 15 or 12 or younger measuring more than 57 inches.
Penalties for violation of the seat belt laws vary by age in Tennessee. For the first offense, individuals over the age of 18 may have to pay only $10. For a second offense and subsequent offenses, the fine is raised to $20 instead of a court appearance. Drivers aged 16 to 17 are able to pay a fine of $20 rather than appear in court. Violating Tennessee’s child passenger restraint laws can result in a $50 fine. An important thing to note, however, is that a violation of Tennessee’s seat belt laws does not yield points on the license—as happens in some states.
If you live in the Sunshine State, there are many laws you need to know about regarding beaches, parking, nightlife, etc. However, perhaps some of the most important laws are those that deal with something you wear—or should be wearing—at all times: seat belts. The seat belt laws in Florida are unique to the state and should be followed accordingly, if you reside there. Below I will list some of the most important Florida seat belt law points.
To start with, the Florida Highway Patrol and law enforcement requires all drivers, front seat passengers, and all passengers under the age of 18 to fasten their seat belts when entering a vehicle. The seat belt must be properly worn across the lap and over the chest and shoulders—the shoulder strap should never be slipped behind the arm or the entire seat belt buckled in behind the body of the occupant. When it comes to children, Florida has some additional seat belt laws. Children aged 3 and younger must be secured in a child-restraint seat approved by the federal government. Kids aged 4 and 5 must be secured either by a federally approved safety belt or child restraint. As can be expected, the driver is responsible for buckling up any children in his or her vehicle.
Florida law requires all passengers to wear a seat belt, regardless of the motorized vehicle they are driving in. The only exceptions to the law are those certified by a physician with a medical condition that causes seat belt use to impede on their health, employees of a newspaper home delivery service (while actually delivering newspapers), school buses bought new before December 31, 2000, buses used for transportation of people for compensation, trucks of a net weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, and farm equipment. If you do not fall into any of these categories, you should buckle into your seat belt or risk getting pulled over and fined!
The cost for a seat belt violation in Florida is $30. The violation is raised to $60 for children that are not properly restrained.