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Safety Alert: Do Seatbelt Laws Apply To My Recreational Vehicle?

We were hiking this past weekend in a state park and saw several recreational vehicles (RV) parked enjoying the weekend. My children asked me if we had an RV would they have to wear a seat belt if they were sitting in the living quarters of the RV. I honestly had to research it to make sure I had the correct answer and I was surprised to find out where Florida law stood. Pursuant to Florida Statute Section 316.614 Safety Belt Usage:

It is unlawful for any person: (a) To operate a motor vehicle in this state unless each passenger and the operator of the vehicle under the age of 18 years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to s. 316.613, if applicable; or (b) To operate a motor vehicle in this state unless the person is restrained by a safety belt.

(5) It is unlawful for any person 18 years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion….. BUT there is an exception. The requirements of this section do not apply to the living quarters of a recreational vehicle.

So what does that mean to you? Pursuant to Florida law, only the people in the front seats have to have their seat belts on. Even though it is not a requirement for other passengers in the RV to have their seatbelts on, we all know it is absolutely the safest way to travel.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident and have questions, contact the attorneys at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation.

Source: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.614.html

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