AZ Seatbelt Law—All You Need To Know
Every hour someone in America dies as a result of not wearing their seatbelt. Increasing seatbelt use remains the single most effective approach to save lives and decrease injuries on America’s roads.
Federal laws don’t regulate the use of seatbelts—each state has its own set of regulations. If you live in Arizona or plan to travel there, you should get familiar with the AZ seatbelt law.
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Drivers and front-seat passengers in the Grand Canyon state must wear a seatbelt. The law applies to vehicles built in 1972 or later, designed to accommodate ten or fewer passengers.
If the vehicle is moving, the occupants must have the waist and chest straps securely fastened. All passengers under 16 need to be buckled up regardless of where they are seated.
According to Arizona child seatbelt laws, children must be placed in a child restraint system if they are:
- Under eight
- Shorter than four feet nine inches
When it comes to seatbelt laws, states employ either primary or secondary enforcement. To help you understand the difference, check out the table below:
|Primary Enforcement Laws||Secondary Enforcement Laws|
|A police officer is allowed to pull you over if they believe you are not wearing a seatbelt. Subsequently, they have the authority to issue a ticket if you’re not wearing it||A police officer has the authority to issue a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt only if they pulled you over for another reason|
Arizona is a secondary enforcement state, which means that you will not get pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.
There is one exception to this rule in Arizona. If the police officer sees a child who is not properly restrained—and is four feet nine inches tall or shorter and eight years of age or younger—the driver can be pulled over.
In Arizona, not wearing a seatbelt is considered a civil traffic violation. The penalty depends on how many people are in your car.
Late fines, collection agency involvement, license suspension, and even a warrant for your arrest can all result from unpaid traffic violations.
If you think you were issued a citation unfairly and don’t want to pay the fine, you have the option of disputing your ticket. To have it dismissed by the court, you should have credible arguments—you can choose between:
- Mounting a due diligence defense
- Creating reasonable doubt
To mount a due diligence defense, you must show that you are morally innocent—you had a good reason for not wearing a seatbelt. Be careful not to stretch the bounds of credibility—your arguments must be believable.
To create reasonable doubt, you need to provide a compelling explanation for why the officer thought you were not wearing your seatbelt. For example:
- The seatbelt matches the color of your jacket, so it’s not visible from afar
- You took your seatbelt off for a minute to reach for something
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- Log in to your DoNotPay account
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- Snap a photo of your ticket and upload it
- Answer a few more questions about the event, including:
- Who violated the seatbelt law?
- When did the offense occur?
- What type of argument do you want to use?
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If you decide to travel to another state, you’ll need to get familiar with its seatbelt laws. Our comprehensive guides for other U.S. states are listed in the table below:
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