What are the seatbelt laws?

Does the federal government regulate seatbelts? You betcha! Here are a few of their awesome regs for your perusal:

1. Federal Seat Belt Regulation 49 CFR Part 392.16: Requires all commercial vehicle drivers to wear a seat belt when operating on public roads.

2. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 (FMVSS 208): Requires automotive manufacturers to install seat belts in all seating positions in the vehicle.

3. FMVSS No. 209: Establishes requirements for the design, construction, and performance of seat belt assemblies.

4. FMVSS No. 210: Specifies requirements for seat belt assembly anchorages to ensure their effective performance during a collision.

5. FMVSS No. 213: Specifies requirements for child restraint systems used in motor vehicles.

6. Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1205 – Federal Grant Program for Increasing Seat Belt Use State Programs: Encourages states to enact and enforce seat belt laws and promote educational programs.

7. FMVSS No. 225: Establishes requirements for child restraint anchorage systems to ensure child safety seats can be easily installed and can reliably stay attached during an accident.

8. Federal Railroad Administration Regulation 49 CFR Part 238 – Passenger Equipment Safety Standards: Requires seat belts for crewmembers on locomotives and other selected passenger cars.

In Louisiana, you are required by law to wear a seatbelt.  If you get into an accident and are not wearing one, the insurance company can bring that up in court.  Sad!

Seriously, it will make your case that much more difficult to win so please wear your seatbelt.