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Kentucky Seat Belt Law

Effective July 12, 2006, Kentucky's seat belt law became a "primary" or standard enforcement law. This means that law enforcement officers can now stop a vehicle solely for an occupant restraint violation. Previously, Kentucky's law only allowed officers to cite for this violation if some other violation initiated the traffic stop.

The new law resulted from House Bill 117, passed during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2006 regular legislative session.

In summary, Kentucky's seat belt law specifies the following:

Click here to go to http://www.lrc.ky.gov/krs/189-00/125.pdf, to see the KRS

Kentucky Child Restraint Law

Any driver of a motor vehicle, when transporting a child of forty (40) inches in height or less in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, and highways of this state, shall have the child properly secured in a child restraint system of a type meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Children, who are under seven years of age and between 40 and 50 inches tall, must be in a booster seat.

Click here to learn more about Child Safety Restraints

A Few Facts about Seat Belt Use:

Why is it so important to wear a seat belt?

Economic & Social Considerations:

For more information or comments, please contact the Kentucky Governor’s Highway Safety Program at (502) 695-6213. Click here to go to the Buckle Up Kentucky Media Files

How to Wear a Seat Belt

In addition to the law, safety experts recommend the following guidelines to keep motorists as safe as possible:


Always wear lap belt low and snug.

Always wear shoulder belt snug across chest, never across face or throat .

Keep back of vehicle seat in upright position.


All children should stay in child seat until their weight reaches 40 Lbs.

Use approved booster seat after child reaches 40Lbs. and continue use of booster seat until the seat belt fits properly.


Wear lap belt below abdomen.

Wear shoulder belt across chest.

If your seat belt is too short, consult auto dealer for seat belt extender.


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