Safety Belts in Washington

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Seat Belt Law

In Washington State, as an adult you are required by state law to wear a seat belt while operating a motor vehicle.

As written in the RCW 46.61.688, every person over the age of 16 who is either a driver or a passenger in a vehicle is required by law to wear a safety belt in a properly secured manner.

As the driver of the vehicle you are required by law to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are wearing a seat belt or are securely fastened in an approved child safety restraint.

There can be a written verification from a licensed physician that states that the operator or passenger is unable to use a safety belt for medical or physical reasons.

If you violate the seat belt law of Washington State you could be issued a traffic infraction. If found guilty of the traffic infraction, it will appear on your driving record, however according to RCW 46.61.688 the traffic infraction is not available to insurance companies or employers.

Child Restraint

A child under the age of 8 years old and is less than 4 feet 9 inches tall is required to be properly restrained in a child restraint system and it must comply with standards of the United States department of transportation and must be properly installed in the automobile according to the restraint instructions and the automobile automobile manufacturer. A child who is under the age of 13 must ride in the back seat positions of an automobile when back seat positions are available.

Enforcement of the child restraint law is usually done by a visual inspection by a law enforcement officer to determine if the child restraint system has been properly installed and it is the proper system for the child’s age and height.

A driver who violates the child restraint law may be issued a traffic infraction. According to RCW 46.61.687, if a driver that is issued a traffic infraction for violating the child restraint law provides proof within 7 days to the issuing jurisdiction that an approved child restraint system has been acquired and if the driver has not had previous child restraint dismissal, the issuing jurisdiction may dismiss the notice of traffic infraction.

There are many ways an experienced traffic attorney can fight your ticket for you.

Call us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

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