How To Avoid Getting a Seatbelt Ticket in NJ
Not getting fined for a seatbelt violation in New Jersey is easy if you get familiar with the seatbelt laws.
Why is buckling up so important?
Studies show that car crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Wearing a seatbelt is crucial—airbags alone are insufficient to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a car accident. In NJ, more than 1,500 unbuckled motor vehicle occupants died on the road in the past ten years.
Make sure you read this comprehensive guide if you want to learn all about the seatbelt laws and ways to fight a seatbelt ticket in NJ.
Adults who sit in the back seat of a passenger vehicle were not obliged to wear a seatbelt under previous New Jersey seatbelt law. As of 2010, anybody riding in a passenger vehicle must wear a seatbelt regardless of whether they are in the front or back seat.
This law applies to:
- All passenger vehicles (pickup trucks, vans, utility vehicles, SUVs, etc.)
- All passengers who are at least eight years old or 57 inches tall
It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure all occupants under 18 are properly fastened.
Not wearing a seatbelt isn’t a moving violation in New Jersey, and no points are assigned to passengers who fail to buckle up. A citation for a seatbelt violation will not affect insurance premiums and amounts to $46. This includes any court costs you may have.
Drivers and front-seat passengers who are adults are not required to wear a seatbelt in vehicles that are:
- Not manufactured with a seatbelt system
- Built with fewer safety seatbelt systems than required for all passengers to buckle up
- Driven by a rural carrier of the United States Postal Service (USPS) while on duty
Passengers or drivers who are not able to use a seatbelt for physical or medical reasons need to have a written document signed by a licensed physician as proof.
Take a look at the table below to check out seatbelt law requirements for children based on their age, weight, and height:
|Age and Weight/Height||Requirements|
|Less than two, weighing less than 30 pounds||Must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness in the back seat of a vehicle|
|Less than four, weighing less than 40 pounds||Must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing seat.
After that, they may be placed in a forward-facing child restraint system equipped with a five-point harness
|Less than eight, less than 57 inches in height||Must be secured in a rear or front-facing child seat with a five-point harness, or a belt-positioning booster seat|
|Less than eight, more than 57 inches in height||Must wear a standard adult seatbelt|
If you’re driving a vehicle that does not have a back seat, you must secure the child according to the rules listed in the table above, only in the front seat.
Keep in mind that you are not permitted to put a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an active airbag located on the passenger side. If you have the option to deactivate the passenger-side airbag, you may do so.
The answer depends on whether you are seated in the front or back. Police officers have the authority to stop a vehicle only if the front seat passengers aren’t buckled up. They may not stop it simply because the backseat passengers are not wearing a seatbelt—the vehicle must have been pulled over for another reason, resulting in the discovery of a back seat passenger who was not buckled up.
- Mounting due diligence defense
- Creating a reasonable doubt
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- Click on the Seatbelt Ticket product
- Attach a photo of your ticket
- Answer a few questions from our chatbot regarding the violation
If you plan on visiting another state soon, make sure you get familiar with its seatbelt laws. Our seatbelt guides for each of the U.S. states are shown in the table below:
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