BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.84 Safety Belts

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Chapter 17.84
Safety Belts


17.84.010 Passenger car defined.
17.84.020 Safety belts required.
17.84.030 Penalty for violation.

17.84.010 Passenger car defined.

As used in this chapter, the term "passenger car" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten persons or less and used for the transportation of persons; except that, the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motor tricycles and trucks with a licensed gross weight of twelve thousand pounds or more.
(Ord. 64259 3 (1), 1997: prior: Ord. 60668 1, 1988.)

17.84.020 Safety belts required.

A. Each driver, except persons employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that federal agency which require the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles, or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles, and front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this city, and persons less than eighteen years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo, on a street or highway of this city shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements; except that, a child less than four years of age shall be protected as required in Section 210.104, RSMo. No person shall be stopped, inspected, or detained solely to determine compliance with this section. The provisions of this section shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a safety belt fastened about their body, nor shall the provisions of this section be applicable to persons while operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work-related activities. Noncompliance with this subsection shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law.

B. Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four years of age or more, but less than sixteen years of age, shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.

C. If there are more persons than there are safety belts in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, then the driver and passengers are not in violation of this section.
(Ord. 64259 3 (2--4), 1997: part: Ord. 60668 2, 1988.)

17.84.030 Penalty for violation.

Each driver who is found guilty or enters a plea of guilty to a violation of this section shall be assessed a fine not to exceed ten dollars. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs shall be imposed on any person due to a violation of this chapter. In no case shall points be assessed against any person, pursuant to Section 302.302, RSMo, for a violation of this chapter.
(Ord. 64259 3 (5), 1997: part: Ord. 60668 3, 1988.)

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