What is the law regarding seat belt usage?

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and the U.S. Department of Transportation said, "Safety belts save lives!" They go on to cite the following statistics:

  • On average, nearly 4 Michigan motorists are killed each day in traffic crashes, and 400 more are injured.
  • In Michigan, a traffic crash is reported every 1 minute and 26 seconds.
  • Crashes cost Michigan citizens $3.1 billion in 1991.
  • In 1991, 54% of all crashes occurred in urban areas, but 63.3% of all traffic deaths occurred in rural areas.
  • In Michigan, it is estimated more than $750 million is spent each year on medical costs due to the nonuse of safety belts.
  • Nearly $1.5 billion of income is lost each year in Michigan due to the nonuse of safety belts.

Safety Belt Law

Occupant's AgeIn Front SeatIn Rear Seat
Under 1 year oldMust be in a child car seatMust be in a child car seat
1 to 4 year oldMust be in a child car seatChild car seat or safety belt
4 to 16 years oldIn safety belt (Driver receives a citation for violations.)
In safety belt (Driver receives a citation for violations.)
16 years and olderIn safety belt (Each violator receives a citation.)
No requirement


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