• Child who has not reached his/her ninth birthday.
  • Applies to all drivers.
  • Applies to privately owned, leased or rented non-commercial passenger vehicles.
  • Child must be secured in vehicle seat other than front seat except in vehicles with one row of seats, or if all safety belts are in use by other child passengers.
  • Child in rear-facing infant seat shall not be placed in front of an active airbag.
  • Child must be properly secured in restraint and it must be properly installed, both as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Restraints must conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 for Child restraint systems.
  • Applies to residents and non-residents.
  • Primary Offense. Non-use or misuse are reasonable suspicion for stopping a vehicle to investigate a suspected violation.

 

Visitors to the State of Wyoming must adhere to the Wyoming law regarding seat belt usage and Child Restraint Laws.   Adults and children under the age of 12 are required to wear seat belts but cannot be pulled over specifically for not wearing one (not a Primary Seat Belt Law).   All children under the age of 9 must be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat (can be stopped by law enforcement and ticketed).

For more information: Child Safety Wyoming Seatbelt Coalition

ARTICLE 13 – CHILD SAFETY RESTRAINT

31-5-1301. Short title.

This article is known and may be cited as the “Child Safety
Restraint Act.”

31-5-1302. Definitions.

(a) As used in this article:
(i) “Child safety restraint system” means any device

which is designed to protect, hold or restrain a child in a

privately owned, leased or rented noncommercial passenger

vehicle in such a way as to prevent or minimize injury to

the child in the event of a motor vehicle accident or

sudden stop and which conforms to the standards prescribed

by 49 C.F.R. 571.213 or to applicable federal motor vehicle

safety standards in effect at the time of manufacture;

(ii) Repealed by Laws 2003, Ch. 197, 2.

(iii) “Emergency vehicle” means any fire department

vehicle, police, sheriff’s department or highway patrol

vehicle, civil defense vehicle, ambulance, hearse or other

vehicle used primarily for emergency purposes;

(iv) “Motor vehicle” means every vehicle which is

self-propelled;

(v) “Passenger vehicle” means a motor vehicle

designed to carry people and that was equipped with safety

belts at the time of manufacture, excluding:

(A) Emergency and law enforcement vehicles;

(B) School buses as defined under W.S. 31-5-

102(a)(xlii), including buses registered to a private

school or church used to transport children to or from

school or church or in connection with school or church

activities;

(C) Buses, or other vehicles designed and used for

public transportation, whether intrastate or interstate,

that were not equipped with safety belts at the time of

manufacture.

(vi) Repealed By Laws 2003, Ch. 197, 2.

(vii) Repealed By Laws 2003, Ch. 197, 2.

31-5-1303. Child safety restraint system; required use;
exception.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of
this section, no person shall operate a passenger vehicle

in this state unless each child who is a passenger in that

vehicle and who has not reached his ninth birthday is

properly secured in a child safety restraint system in a

seat of the vehicle other than the front seat, except if

the vehicle is only equipped with one (1) row of seats, or

if all safety belts in the rows of seats behind the front

seat are in use by other child passengers in the vehicle,

the child may be properly secured in a child safety

restraint system in the front passenger seat of the

vehicle, except that a rear-facing infant seat shall not be

placed in front of an active airbag.

(b) Any child who is within the age requirements

specified in subsection (a) of this section need not be

properly secured in a child safety restraint system if:

(i) A licensed physician has determined that the

weight or physical or medical condition of the child

requires that the child not be secured in such a system.

The person operating a passenger vehicle transporting such

a child shall carry in the vehicle the physician’s signed

statement certifying that the child should not be secured

in a child restraint system;

(ii) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.

(iii) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.

(iv) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.

(v) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.

(vi) The driver of the vehicle is rendering aid or

assistance to the child or his parent or guardian;

(vii) The lap and shoulder belts of the vehicle will

fit properly across the collarbone, chest and hips of the

child and the belts do not pose a danger to the neck, face

or abdominal area of the child in the event of a crash or

sudden stop.

Read more at: Safe Kids Wyoming
















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