How Much Is a Seatbelt Ticket in Alabama? Find Out Now!
A typical Alabama driver has a 54.1% chance of being involved in a fatal or injury-causing crash. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death by 45% and serious injury by 50% among drivers and front-seat passengers.
Not wearing a seatbelt can also have financial consequences. Since it's required by law, not being buckled up will get you a ticket.
Read our detailed guide to find answers to these questions:
- How much is a seatbelt ticket in Alabama?
- How can you avoid getting one?
According to the Alabama seatbelt law, everyone riding in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt, no matter where they’re seated. There are some exemptions to this rule—it doesn't apply to:
- Passengers with a written statement from a licensed physician saying that they’re unable to wear a safety belt due to medical reasons
- Children—they have to use a child restraint system
- United States Postal Service (USPS) rural letter carriers on duty
- Newspaper delivery persons
- Passengers in motor vehicles that are driven in reverse
- Passengers in a passenger car manufactured prior to 1965
Not wearing a seatbelt in Alabama will result in a police officer issuing a citation of $25. This fine applies to the driver, as well as both front-seat and back-seat passengers. Failing to secure young passengers in a child restraint system will also cost you $25.
Every person transporting a child in a motor vehicle (whether in a school bus, car, or van) on the state's roads, streets, or highways must ensure their safety.
Using a child restraint system that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards is the first step towards this goal. Check out the table below to find the requirements for child passengers based on their age and weight:
|Under the age of one, weighing less than 20 pounds||Rear-facing car seats or infant-only seats and convertible seats used in the rear-facing position|
|Between the ages of one and five, weighing 20–40 pounds||Convertible seats in the forward position or forward-facing seats|
|Aged five to six, weighing at least 40 pounds||Booster seats|
|Six to 15 years of age||Regular seatbelts|
If you are not wearing a seatbelt, any police officer has the authority to pull you over and issue a citation—but only if you’re driving or sitting in the front seat.
If you fail to buckle up as a backseat passenger, you can be fined only if the car is stopped because of:
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to stop at a railroad crossing
- Following too closely
- Improper passing
You won’t get any additional points for this offense.
If you feel like the fine shouldn’t have been issued and don’t want to pay it, you have the option to dispute it. In most cases, you’ll have about 15 days from the infraction date to start the process.
- Mount due diligence defense—show that you had a good reason for not being buckled up, for example, medical condition or driving in reverse
- Create reasonable doubt—Prove that the officer made a mistake
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- Look for the Seatbelt Ticket product
- Attach a photo of your seatbelt ticket
- Tell us who got the ticket
- Choose the argument for disputing your ticket
Planning a trip to another state? You should familiarize yourself with seatbelt laws for other U.S. states. We’ve got you covered—check out our guides for different states in the table below:
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