What is the NJ seat belt law? New Jersey

New Jersey Seatbelt Law

Mandatory car seat belt use in New Jersey went into effect at the beginning of 2010. Under the law all riders, regardless of seating position and age, must wear a seat belt. The law applies to passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs.

Under this seat belt law, violation of it is considered as a secondary offense. This means you cannot be pulled over by law enforcement solely for lack of seat belt use; there must be another violation involved (for example, speeding, running a stop sign, or a busted headlight).

If the driver or any occupant is caught unbuckled, the driver will be issued a $46 fine. This means the driver is responsible for demanding seat belts for all occupants, regardless if it's a family outing, driving several members of the middle school soccer team, or carpooling to work.

Despite the secondary nature of this offense, you can still be ticketed during one of the state's "Click It or Ticket" campaigns. Designed to heighten awareness of New Jersey's safety laws, the campaign is sponsored by local law enforcement departments and features seat belt checkpoints throughout the state.

For more information on NJ regulations regarding car seat belts, read chapter three of the state's drivers manual. You can obtain a free copy from any MVC office.

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