New NC Seat Belt Laws Remind Us to Buckle-Up!
North Carolina’s seat belt laws have changed a few times over the last couple of decades. Regardless of age, if you are the driver or just a back seat passenger, North Carolina law now requires every occupant in a vehicle to buckle-up. However, a police officer must have reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle and a back seat passenger not wearing a seat belt is not a justification to stop a vehicle.
If you receive a ticket for a seat belt infraction, you may face a fine and be ordered to pay the costs of court. This is just a highlight of North Carolina’s current seat belt law and it is important to speak with an attorney regarding your rights when you are stopped by a police officer. The attorneys at Plyler, Long & Corigliano, LLP. can assist you with your traffic citations and usually can appear in court on your behalf so you do not have to miss work or other obligations.
This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice