For the actual law, please visit the Wyoming State Legislature at http://legisweb.state.wy.us/statutes/statutes.aspx?file=titles/Title31/T 

CHILD RESTRAINT ENFORCEMENT GUIDE

 CITE: W.S.S. 31-5-1303(a)

KEY POINTS:

Child who has not reached his/her ninth birthday

  • Applies to all drivers.
  • Applies to privately owned, leased or rented noncommercial 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 must be properly secured in restraint and it must be  properly installed, both as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Restraint 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.

PENALTY:

  • Maximum $60.00 fine for first offense.  Fine shall be waived by the court upon receipt of proof of purchase, lease, or other acquisition of an approved restraint after the offense occurred.
  • Maximum $110.00 fine for second and subsequent offenses.

EXEMPTIONS:

  • Child within age requirements if the lap and shoulder belt fit properly across the collarbone, chest and hips of child and does not pose danger to the neck, face or abdominal area in crash or sudden stop.
  • Physician’s signed statement, carried in the car, certifying  that the child should not be secured in a child restraint  system.
  • Vehicles that were not equipped with safety belts at time of   manufacture. (Passenger vehicles before Model Year 1967/Vans & trucks before Model Year 1972).
  • Emergency, and  law enforcement vehicles.
  • School buses including private or church, used to transport children as well as buses or other vehicles, used for public transportation manufactured without seat belts.
  • The driver is rendering aid or assistance to the child, parent, or guardian.  

WYOMING SAFETY BELT ENFORCEMENT GUIDE

CITE: W.S.S. 31-5-1402 

KEY POINTS:

  • Applies to all occupants.
  • Safety belt must be properly adjusted & fastened.
  • Not a primary offense, the traffic stop must be made for other reasons.
  • Applies to all motor vehicles.
  • Driver is responsible for passengers under twelve (12)  years of age to use restraints.
  • Up to $25 fine for violation for driver.
  • Passenger unbuckled may be issued a citation and fined not more than $10.00.
  • If safety belt is being used by driver and passengers, the driver will receive a $10.00 reduction in bond/fine when cited for other violations of Wyoming Motor Vehicle Laws. (Title 31 Statutes.)  The officer shall indicate on the citation if the driver and passengers were in compliance with all occupant restraint laws.

EXEMPTIONS:

  • All vehicles which were not equipped with safety belts at the time of manufacture.  (Passenger vehicles before  Model Year 1967 / Vans & trucks before Model Year 1972).
  • Any person in a vehicle in which all operable safety belts are being used by other passengers.
  • Any child properly secured in a child safety seat system in accordance  with W.S.S. 31-5-1303. (7-1-2003)