Seat-Belt Laws in Alabama

No matter who you are or how old you are, in Alabama, you must wear a seat-belt.
Written by Michelle Ballestrasse
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Seat-belts save lives, so make sure you are in compliance with
’s seat-belt laws. In the state of Alabama, everyone in a moving vehicle is required to wear a seat-belt at all times.
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What are the seat-belt laws in Alabama?

Alabama’s seat-belt laws state that everyone in a moving vehicle, including the driver and all passengers, must wear a seat-belt.
Children passengers need to be in compliance with
Alabama car seat laws
The driver is responsible for any passenger under the age of 18 who is in violation of the seat-belt law. Passengers over the age of 18 are responsible for themselves.
The driver and any front-seat passengers who violate the law are committing a primary offense, which means that a police officer can pull the car over for this violation alone.
Back-seat passengers who are not in compliance with seat-belt laws are committing a secondary offense, which means that a police officer can only pull the car over if the driver is also committing a primary offense.
Key Takeaway Alabama’s seat-belt laws require everyone in a moving vehicle to buckle up.

What happens if you break the seat-belt laws in Alabama?

Breaking the seat-belt law in Alabama will result in a
ticket or citation
, as well as a fine of $25 for the first violation and $50 for all subsequent violations.

Could it impact my driving record?

Alabama’s seat-belt laws are specifically written so that violations do not appear on your
driving record

Could it impact my insurance?

No. In addition to not appearing on your record, Alabama’s laws specifically state that violations will not be reported to your insurer, so your insurance rates will not be affected.
Key Takeaway: Breaking Alabama’s seat-belt laws should not have any impact on your insurance.
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