Seat belts required in Massachusetts but you can’t be pulled over for not wearing one


Click it or Ticket is a nationwide slogan for seat belt enforcement, but did you know?: In Massachusetts, you cannot get pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. 

Although you are required by state law to wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car, failure to do so is considered a “second offense” in Massachusetts. This means you must first be pulled over for another reason to receive a citation.

Only 73% of drivers in Massachusetts wear their seat belt. It’s a low percentage of drivers compared to other states in the country.

A primary seat belt law would allow police officers to pull over drivers just for not wearing their seat belts. In Massachusetts and 15 other states, police officers have to have another reason for pulling you over before they can ticket you for your seat belt. The fine is just $25.

“Well it’s extremely dangerous and it’s difficult for police officers,” Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk said. “Unless we witness a juvenile that’s not belted-in or in a car seat, it’s not something we can stop for.” 

WWLP Daily Poll: Should police in Massachusetts be able to pull you over for just not wearing a seat belt?


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