Knowledge of the legislative process, a strong, well-written safety belt law, and support from local and national partners will aid in the passage of a primary law.
Knowledge of the Legislative Process
Consider the following insights gleaned from a study of six States that passed primary laws.44
A Strong, Well-Written Safety Belt Law
Having a strong, well-written safety belt law is crucial to saving lives. The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances (NCUTLO) developed a model primary safety belt law for States to consider when upgrading their safety belt legislation (see Appendix C). Using this model law as a framework for safety belt legislation can be a tremendous help, as this sample legislation has been thoroughly researched and reviewed by traffic safety experts. NCUTLO is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing uniformity of traffic laws and regulations through the timely dissemination of information and model legislation on traffic safety issues. More information about NCUTLO is available on their Web site at www.ncutlo.org. Another excellent resource that is available on NHTSA’s Web site (www.nhtsa.dot.gov) is titled, “Implementing a Standard Enforcement Seat Belt Law in Your State: A How-to Guide.”
NHTSA has worked with hundreds of partners nationwide by providing educational resources, research data, and technical support regarding safety belt laws. For more information, visit NHTSA’s Web site at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.