PETITION -- HOUSE
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
in General Court assembled.
The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill or resolve.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FIVE
An Act ESTABLISHING A PRIMARY SEAT BELT LAW.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 13A of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2002 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the seventh paragraph beginning on line 23 and inserting in place thereof the following: –
Any person who operates a motor vehicle without a safety belt, and any person sixteen years of age or over who rides as a passenger in a motor vehicle without wearing a safety belt in violation of this section, shall be subject to a fine of twenty-five dollars. Any operator of a motor vehicle shall be subject to an additional fine of twenty-five dollars for each person under the age of sixteen and not younger than twelve who is a passenger in said motor vehicle and not wearing a safety belt. The provisions of this section
shall be enforced by law enforcement agencies when an operator of a motor vehicle or passenger who rides in the front seat is not wearing a safety belt in violation of motor vehicle laws. A police officer may not search or inspect a motor vehicle, its contents, the driver, or a passenger solely because of a violation of this section. For a period of 180 days following the effective day of this act, any law enforcement official who stops a motorist solely because of failure to wear a safety belt shall not issue a citation, but shall only issue a written or verbal warning.