Section 14-183 Safety belts required for passenger cars.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 19322 on 12/04/2006, Section 14-183 read as follows.
(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
; except that, a child less than four (4) years of age shall be protected as
required in section 14-184 of this Code. Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four
(4) years of age or more, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, in the front seat of the motor
vehicle shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
(c) No person shall be stopped, inspected, or detained solely
to determine compliance with this
(d) The provisions of this section shall not be applicable
medical reason for failing to
have a seat
wear a properly fastened safety belt
fastened about their
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
children under sixteen (16) years of age, as provided in section 14-184.
) If there are more persons than there are seat belts in the enclosed area of
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
motor vehicle who is licensed under section 302.178, RSMo. (intermediate drivers license)
driver and passengers are not in violation of this section.
Except as otherwise provided for in section 14-184,
ach person who violates the
provisions of subsection (b) of this section
shall be guilty of an infraction,
punishable by 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)