Seat Belt Laws
Kentucky Seat Belt Laws
No person shall operate a motor vehicle manufactured after 1965 on the public roadways of this state unless the driver and all passengers are wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt.
The driver is responsible for assuring that himself and all passengers in the vehicle are properly restrained.
Failure to wear a seat belt is a secondary violation. A uniform citation for a seat belt violation may be issued only if an officer has cause to stop the person for reasons other than a violation of the seat belt law.
Any person who violates the provisions of Kentucky's Seat Belt Law shall be fined an amount not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25).
How to Wear a Seat Belt
In addition to the law, safety experts recommend the following guidelines to keep motorists as safe as possible:
- Always wear lap belt low and snug.
- Always wear shoulder belt snug across chest, never across face or throat.
- Keep back of vehicle seat in upright position.
- All children should stay in child seat until their weight reaches 40 Lbs.
- Use approved booster seat after child reaches 40Lbs. and continue use of booster seat until the seat belt fits properly.
- Use shoulder and lap belts whenever possible provided shoulder belt crosses collar bone, not face or throat.
- Do not allow child to sit on a pillow.
- If lap/shoulder belt is not available, lap only belt should be worn as low and snug as possible.
- Wear lap belt below abdomen.
- Wear shoulder belt across chest.
- If your seat belt is too short, consult auto dealer for seat belt extender.
CAUTION! SEAT BELTS SHOULD NEVER BE:
- Under arm
- Across throat
- Over face