Child Passenger Restraint Law

Oklahoma Statutes Title 47, Sections 11-1112

  1. Every driver, when transporting a child under 6 years of age in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways,
    streets or highways of this state, shall provide for the protection of said child by properly using a child
    passenger restraint system. For purposes of this section and Section 11-1113 of this title, “child passenger
    restraint system” means an infant or child passenger restraint system which meets the federal standards as
    set by 49 C.F.R., Section 571.213.
  2. Every child age 6 through 12 years who is transported in an automobile must be protected by a passenger
    restraint system or seat belt.
  3. The above provisions do not apply to the:
    1. Driver of a school bus, taxicab, moped, motorcycle or other vehicle not required by law to be
      equipped with safety belts
    2. The driver of an ambulance or emergency vehicle
    3. The driver of a vehicle in which all seat belts are in use
    4. The transportation of children who for medical reasons are unable to be placed in such devices,
      provided there is written documentation from a physician of such medical reason
    5. The transportation of a child who weighs more than 40 pounds and who is being transported in the back seat of a vehicle while wearing only a lap safety belt when the back seat of the vehicle is not equipped with combination lap and shoulder safety belts, or when the combination lap and shoulder safety belts in the back seat are being used by other children who weigh more than 40 pounds. Provided, however, for purposes of this paragraph, back seat shall include all seats located behind the front seat of a vehicle operated by a licensed child care facility or church. Provided further, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a child has met the weight requirements of this paragraph if at the request of any law enforcement officer, the licensed child care facility or church provides the officer with a written statement verified by the parent or legal guardian that the child
      weighs more than 40 pounds.

More information regarding child passenger restraints is available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.dot.gov. For assistance in properly installing child passenger restraints, contact your fire department, police department or Emergency Medical Services.

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