All You Should Know About Kansas Seatbelt Laws
Wearing a seatbelt can reduce one’s risk of death by 45% and cut the risk of severe injury by 50%. This statistic is still not enough to convince some drivers to buckle up. According to the 2020 KDOT Seatbelt Survey, 85% of Kansans wear their seatbelts, which is 5% less than the national average.
You may not be able to change other drivers’ ways, but you can keep yourself and your passengers safe by buckling up. Our easy-to-read guide will tell you everything about the Kansas seatbelt laws and the consequences of not respecting them.
Each occupant of a passenger car constructed according to federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208 who is at least 14 years old must wear a properly secured safety belt while the passenger car is in motion. According to the seatbelt law, a passenger car is:
- A motor vehicle, built or assembled after January 1, 1968
- A motor vehicle, manufactured or assembled before 1968, coming with a safety belt system and motive power designed for carrying ten passengers max
In Kansas, seatbelt laws are:
- Primary for:
- Drivers and front-seat passengers
- All passengers under 18 in all seats
- Secondary for rear-seat passengers aged 18 and over
Primary seatbelt laws allow police officers to stop a vehicle if a driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt.
Secondary seatbelt laws imply that the police can’t stop you solely for not wearing a belt. They must have some other reason for stopping you (for example, speeding) before issuing a citation for a seatbelt violation.
If a police officer pulls you over for not wearing a seatbelt or discovers you’re not wearing one after stopping the vehicle for another traffic offense, you will be issued a citation. If you are a driver or front-seat passenger—18 or older—you’ll need to pay a $30 fine. Occupants aged from 14 to 17 will have to pay a $60 fine.
Keep in mind that seatbelt violations in Kansas will not be reported to the department of revenue, and they can’t be used to determine damages or negligence in case of an accident.
There are some exemptions to the Kansas seatbelt law. People who are not obliged to wear a seatbelt are:
- Carriers of the U.S. mail while on duty
- Newspaper delivery persons while on duty
- Occupants or passengers who have a written statement from a licensed physician that they can’t wear a seatbelt for medical reasons
According to the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act, children under the age of 18 must be properly secured in all vehicles, regardless of where they are seated. For more details, check out the table below:
|Under the age of one||Rear-facing child safety seat|
|Ages one to three||Rear-facing child safety seat or forward-facing car seat with a harness (depending on the weight and height)|
|Ages four to seven, unless they weigh more than 80 and are taller than four feet nine inches||Booster seat|
|Aged eight to thirteen||Booster seat or seatbelt (depending on the weight and height)|
The driver is responsible for ensuring that each kid is properly restrained by utilizing a child restraint system that complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Any violation of the Child Passenger Safety Act costs around $60 plus court expenses.
- Due diligence defense—Admit that you weren’t wearing a safety belt, but state that you had a good reason for doing so
- Reasonable doubt—Use this approach if you want to show that you were wearing a seatbelt and that the police made a mistake
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If you travel frequently, you may want to learn about seatbelt laws in other U.S. states. Our guides from the table below can help you with that:
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