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APPENDIX F
State Safety Belt Laws

State Safety Belt Laws, Effective Date and Belt Usage in 2005

Primary Enforcement

Secondary Enforcement

State

Effective Date

Usage in 2005

State

Effective Date

Usage in 2005

*Alaska

5/1/06

78.4%

Arizona

1/1/91

94.2%

Alabama

12/10/99

81.8%

Arkansas

7/15/91

68.3%

California

1/1/93

92.5%

Colorado

7/1/87

79.2%

Connecticut

1/1/86

81.6%

Florida

7/1/86

73.9%

Delaware

7/3/03

83.8%

Idaho

7/1/86

76.0%

Georgia

7/1/96

89.9%

Kansas

7/1/86

69.0%

Hawaii

12/16/85

95.3%

Maine

12/27/95

75.8%

Illinois

7/3/03

86.0%

Massachusetts

2/1/94

64.8%

Iowa

7/1/86

87.1%

Minnesota

8/1/86

83.9%

Indiana

7/1/98

81.2%

Missouri

9/28/85

77.4%

**Kentucky

7/12/06

66.7%

Montana

10/1/87

80.0%

Louisiana

9/1/95

77.7%

Nebraska

1/1/93

79.2%

Maryland

10/1/97

91.1%

Nevada

7/1/87

94.8%

Michigan

4/1/00

92.9%

North Dakota

7/14/94

76.3%

*Mississippi

5/27/06

60.8%

Ohio

5/6/86

78.7%

New Mexico

1/1/86

89.5%

Pennsylvania

11/23/87

83.3%

New Jersey

5/1/00

86.0%

Rhode Island

6/18/91

74.7%

New York

12/1/84

85.0%

South Dakota

1/1/95

68.8%

North Carolina

10/1/85

86.7%

Utah

4/28/86

86.9%

Oklahoma

11/1/97

83.1%

Vermont

1/1/94

84.7%

Oregon

12/7/90

93.3%

Virginia

1/1/88

80.4%

*South Carolina

12/9/05

69.7%

West Virginia

9/1/93

84.9%

Tennessee

5/20/04

74.4%

Wisconsin

12/1/87

73.3%

Texas

9/1/85

89.9%

Wyoming

6/8/89

N/A

Washington

6/01/02

95.2%

     

Puerto Rico

1/19/75

92.5%

     

District of Columbia

10/1/97

88.8%

     

Total: 25 States
Plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Total: 24 States
New Hampshire does not have an adult safety belt law.