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Assessment of H.B. 537 – The Requirement of Seatbelts While In A Motor Vehicle

Effective as of September 1, 2009, H.B.537 states that all occupants in a motor vehicle must be secured by a safety belt no matter their age or where they are actually seated in the motor vehicle. The Bill further defines the explanation of a passenger vehicle to consist of a passenger van designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers plus the driver. Regarding the use of child passenger safety belts, H.B. 537 removes the existing exemption for third – party Medicaid transportation provisions and prohibits a child under the age of 5 from being carried by a motorcycle operator unless the child is placed in a sidecar that is attached to the motorcycle.

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