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Utah Seat Belt Information

Utah's Seat Belt Law

Utah's current seat belt law requires all occupants of a vehicle to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. (Utah Code 41-6a-1803)


Primary vs. Secondary Laws

Seat belt laws are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary seat belt laws allow law enforcement officers to ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt, without any other traffic offense taking place. Secondary seat belt laws state that law enforcement officers may issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt only when there is another citable traffic infraction. Utah's law is currently a secondary law for people 19 and over. Utah's seat belt law is primary only for people under the age of 19.


Why Are Seat Belts Important?



Seat Belt Use in Utah





Full report here


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires observational surveys to be completed annually in each state to determine the level of seat belt use. Find the details of Utah's seat belt use in 2014 here.


How does Utah's usage rate compare to other regional states that have primary laws?





This document prepared by NHTSA has detailed information about seat belts in Utah





[Last Update - Thursday, 05-Feb-2015 15:12:25 MST]