Section 14-183 Safety belts required for passenger cars.

    (a) As used in this section, 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.

    (b)     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 passengers of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this city, and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in RSMo § 301.010, 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.

    (c) No person shall be stopped, inspected, or detained solely to determine compliance with this section.

    (d)     The provisions of this section shall not be applicable to person s  who have  a medical reason for failing to have a seat 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 section shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law.

     (e)    The provisions of subsections (b), (c) and (d) shall not apply to the transporting of children under sixteen (16) years of age, as provided in section 14-184.

    ( f )     If there are more persons than there are seat belts in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle then the passengers who are unable to wear seat belts shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is designed only for a front-seated area.  The passenger or passengers occupying a seat location referred to in this subsection is not in violation of this section.  This subsection shall not apply to passengers who are accompanying a driver of a motor vehicle who is licensed under section 302.178, RSMo. (intermediate driver’s license) .

    ( g )      Except as otherwise provided for in section 14-184, e ach person who violates the provisions of subsection (b) of this section is guilty of an infraction, for which a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00)  may be imposed . 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 section.

 (Ord. No. 11615, § 1, 9-8-87; Ord. No. 15735, § 1, 9-8-98; Ord. No. 19322, § 1, 12-4-06)

(Ord. 19322, Amended, 12/04/2006, Prior Text; Ord. 15735, Amended, 09/08/1998, Prior Text)