State passed the first seat belt law in the US in 1984 under the
leadership of John D. States, an orthopedic surgeon who dedicated
his career to improving automotive safety.
In the USA,
seatbelt legislation varies by state. Depending on which state you
are in, not wearing a seatbelt in the front seat is either a primary
offense or a secondary offense, with the exception of New Hampshire,
which does not have a law requiring people over age 18 to wear a
offense means that a police officer can pull you over for the
seatbelt law violation alone, and secondary offense that you can be
punished for a seatbelt law violation only if you are already pulled
over for another reason.
front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one
person per belt. Though in states such as New York, New Hampshire,
Michigan, etc. , seat belts in the rear seats are not mandatory for
people over the age of 18, though it is extremely advised.
and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50
each for failure to buckle up.
2007 25 states and the District of Columbia had primary seatbelt
laws, 24 secondary seatbelt laws, and New Hampshire had no laws. Georgia
presently exempts pickup trucks from its seat belt law.