How Much Is a Seatbelt Ticket in Arkansas—All Questions Answered
Seatbelt fines are one of the most common traffic violations in Arkansas. You should do your best to avoid getting one, but what should you do if the damage is already done?
Whether you got an unfair ticket or want to complain about the fine for any other reason, this handy manual holds the answer to all your questions.
The following table shows a brief overview of the Arkansas seatbelt regulations:
|Who must wear a seatbelt if the driver has a regular license?||
|Who must wear a seatbelt if the driver has a restricted license?||All passengers|
|Is the fatality rate level in Arkansas high or low?||Low—80% of passengers use seatbelts|
|Is the seatbelt law in Arkansas primary or secondary?||Primary—It means that the law enforcement officer has the right to stop the car if the passengers aren’t wearing a seatbelt, even if there are no other traffic offenses|
|Are there specific seatbelt laws for children?||Yes|
Adhering to seatbelt regulations may bring a significant benefit when other traffic offenses occur. Drivers who make moving traffic violations but comply with the Arkansas seatbelt law can get their fines reduced by $10. This rule doesn’t apply to offenses defined as misdemeanors.
The Natural State imposes several children seatbelt laws. Check out the details in the list below:
- All passengers under the age of 15 must be placed in a proper child passenger restraint system
- Kids must sit in properly fixed car seats as long as they are below six and weigh less than 60 lbs
- Children must ride in the backseat until they turn 13
- Occupants must weigh at least 80 lbs and be 4’9’’ tall to start riding in the front seat
- Babies and toddlers must be placed in rear-facing car seats
- Your car was manufactured before July 1, 1968
- Motor vehicle other than a car was made before July 1, 1972
- Children are protected and properly restrained as per Section §27-34-101 of the Child Passenger Protection Act
- You or any of your passengers have a specific medical condition or a physical disability that makes wearing a safety belt difficult or impossible
- You are a United States Postal Service (USPS) rural letter carrier on duty
In Arkansas, not wearing a safety belt is a non-moving traffic violation. Since the state doesn’t propose a specific driving record point system, this offense can’t cause the suspension of your driver’s license. It also won’t affect your insurance rates.
If the police stop you and notice you or the passenger in the front seat don’t wear safety belts, you must pay up to $25. Failing to provide a proper restraint device for a child may result in citations ranging from $25 to $100.
Besides the ticket cost, you may also be subject to court expenses if you don’t meet the citation payment deadline or ignore the fine. According to the newest amendment in the Arkansas legislature, late fees or even jail fines may increase the total amount of your fine by up to $90.
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- Select the person who got the citation—a driver, a passenger, or a child
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- Explain the situation you experienced and upload the photo of your ticket
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Check out other DoNotPay’s seatbelt law guides and find out:
- Why it is important to use a seatbelt
- What the consequences of not wearing a seatbelt are
- What the advantages and disadvantages of seatbelts are
- Whether you can be pulled over for not wearing a safety belt
- How the commercial vehicle seatbelt law works
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