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32-37 CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM
CHAPTER 32-37

CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM

32-37-1      Use of system required--Violation as petty offense.
32-37-1.1      Operator to assure that passengers between ages five and eighteen wear seat belts.
32-37-1.2      Certain operators required to wear seat belts.
32-37-1.3      Passengers between ages fourteen and eighteen required to wear seat belts.
32-37-2      Exemptions.
32-37-3      Repealed.
32-37-4      Violation not considered negligence or assumption of risk--Evidence inadmissible.


32-37-1Use of system required--Violation as petty offense.

Any operator of any passenger vehicle transporting a child under five years of age on the streets and highways of this state shall properly secure the child in a child passenger restraint system according to its manufacturer's instructions. The child passenger restraint system shall meet Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 as in effect January 1, 1981. The requirements of this section are met if the child is under five years of age and is at least forty pounds in weight by securing the child in a seat belt. An operator who violates this section commits a petty offense.

Source: SL 1984, ch 235, § 1; SL 1987, ch 246, § 1; SL 1990, ch 261, § 1; SL 1992, ch 158, § 98; SL 1998, ch 199, § 1.


32-37-1.1Operator to assure that passengers between ages five and eighteen wear seat belts.

Any operator of a passenger vehicle operated on a public street or highway in this state transporting a passenger who is at least five and under eighteen years of age shall assure that the passenger is wearing a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the passenger vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 208 (49 C.F.R. 571.208) in effect January 1, 1989, at all times when the vehicle is in motion. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

Source: SL 2001, ch 179, § 1.


32-37-1.2Certain operators required to wear seat belts.

Any operator of any passenger vehicle operated on a public street or highway in this state, who is at least fourteen years of age and under eighteen years of age, shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the passenger vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 208 (49 C.F.R. 571.208) in effect January 1, 1989, at all times when the vehicle is in motion. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

Source: SL 2001, ch 179, § 2.


32-37-1.3Passengers between ages fourteen and eighteen required to wear seat belts.

Any passenger of any passenger vehicle operated on a public street or highway in this state, who is at least fourteen years of age and under eighteen years of age, shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the passenger vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 208 (49 C.F.R. 571.208) in effect January 1, 1989, at all times when the vehicle is in motion. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

Source: SL 2001, ch 179, § 3.


32-37-2Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter do not apply in passenger cars manufactured before 1966 that have not been equipped with seat belts.

Source: SL 1984, ch 235, § 2; SL 1998, ch 199, § 2; SL 2001, ch 179, § 4.


32-37-3
     32-37-3.   Repealed by SL 1990, ch 261, § 2.


32-37-4Violation not considered negligence or assumption of risk--Evidence inadmissible.

Failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter is not considered as contributory negligence, comparative negligence, or assumption of the risk and is not admissible as evidence in the trial of any civil action.

Source: SL 1984, ch 235, § 4.


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