New Seatbelt Law Has Exemptions

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

The Primary Seatbelt Law went with into effect Jan. 1, 2007, but as WBKO's Anna Smithson found out this new law doesn't necessarily affect everyone, leaving a few exceptions.

With the new year came the new seatbelt law for Kentucky drivers. The Primary Seatbelt Law gives officers the right to ticket you if you don't have your seatbelt on, but there are some exceptions to the law that could affect you.

According to Trooper Michael Hatler with the Kentucky State Police the exemptions to the Primary Seatbelt Law are very specific to ensure the law is followed.

"If you have a doctors excuse from your chiropractor or family doctor saying you have some type of injury you do not have to wear your seatbelt, but you have to keep that letter with you at all times," Hatler said about one exemption.

Along with this exception comes other exceptions such as farm trucks registered for agriculture use only and for those having a gross weight one ton or more. In either situation you are not required to wear a seatbelt.

Also letter carriers of the U.S. Postal Service are also exempt from the seatbelt law while on duty.

Trooper Hatler also said you could also be exempt depending on your vehicle.

"A vehicle (made in) 1981 or less you do not have to wear your seatbelt in Kentucky."

Those at Kentucky State Police also said just because you're a police officer you're not exempt from the law. According to the officers, even those that they arrest should be buckled.

Make sure these exceptions fit you before you drive without buckling it up.

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