Seat Belts

Reasons to Buckle Up

  • Studies show seat belts do save lives and reduce injury during crashes.
  • Seat belts work with airbags to protect occupants. Airbags alone are not enough to safeguard occupants.
  • More than 2,000 unbuckled drivers and front-seat passengers died on New Jersey's roadways in the past 10 years.
  • Approximately 700 unbuckled drivers and front-seat passengers were thrown out of their vehicles during crashes and killed in the past 10 years.

New Jersey's Seat Belt Law

39:3-76.2f. Seat belt usage requirements; driver's responsibility.

  • Applies to all passenger vehicles including vans, pickup trucks and SUVs, that are required to be equipped with seat belts.
  • All occupants are required to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt system, when operated on a street or highway
  • Children less than 8 years of age and weighing less than 80 pounds are required to be secured in a child passenger restraining system or booster seat (see more information under Child Passenger Seats).


If you are stopped for a violation and you and/or the front seat occupant is observed to be unbelted, the fine is $46 per summons (Click It or Ticket).


  • Those riding in passenger autos manufactured before July 1, 1966
  • Those riding in passenger autos that don't require safety belts under federal law
  • Those with physical or medical reasons verified in writing by a licensed physician

A Word to the Wise

Safety belts improve your chances of surviving a crash by 60%. Most crashes occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds under 40 miles per hour. So buckle up and enjoy life!