The sofas, bed, kitchen counters and even bunks in an RV all offer a place to sit. However there are safety precautions to be taken while on the road that not everyone is familiar with. RV seat belt laws tend to vary according to which state you’re in. Just when and where are you supposed to strap in while in the RV? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came up with some seat belt laws and guidelines. They heavily rely on what state you’re in so its better to do some research in advance before taking off in your motor home.
There are two types of laws while you’re on the road, primary enforcement and secondary enforcement. In the primary, an officer can stop a motorists solely for violating the seat belt law. While in the secondary enforcement an officer can only stop the vehicle for other reasons before they charge a motorist for violating the seat belt rule.
While some states may only require the people sitting at the front of the RV to put on those seat belts; others require all passengers to be strapped in (regardless of where you’re sitting). Let’s look at some of these laws according to States.
|State/jurisdiction||Primary Enforcement||Seat regulation for wearing seatbelt||Coverage and exemptions||Fine|
|Alabama||Yes||Only the people sitting in the front seats||Exemptions are; medical reasons, newspaper/mail delivery, more than 10 passenger vehicles, model year before 1965, vehicles driving in reverse||$25|
|Alaska||Yes||All passengers in the RV||Exemptions are; medical reasons, newspaper/mail delivery, school buses, vehicles with no safety belts, emergency vehicles||$15|
|Arizona||Secondary enforcement||Only the people sitting in the front seats, children aged 5-15 in the rear||Exemptions are; mail delivery, medical reasons, more than 10 passenger vehicles, model year before 1972||$10|
|Arkansas||Yes||Only the people sitting in the front seats||Exemption are; medical reason, rural mail delivery, school, church, and public buses, model year before 1968||$25|
There are specific restrictions when it comes to age on who has to have their seat belt on while at the rear of the RV. Some states include the use of a child seat as part of the restriction. Paying attention or even remembering these laws might be a bit tricky, so why not just strap everyone in? Better safe than sorry.