Iowa legislature passes new seat belt law

Despite a history of rejecting any policy changes that would make it mandatory for anyone under 18 years of age to wear a seatbelt as a passenger in a vehicle, the Iowa state legislature signed just such a change into law this morning.

Gov. Chet Culver called it “something so simple” but so potentially life-saving.

David Stark, president of Blank Children’s Hospital and a strong advocate for the law, called it a “long road” to finally get the policy signed into law.

Prior to the change, Iowa law allowed anyone 11 years of age and older to choose not to wear a seat belt if they were seated in the back seat of the vehicle.

The policy was part of a new $350 million spending bill for transportation, Senate File 2381.

In a surprising move, the fines for disobeying this law will be directed at the person who is not wearing the seatbelt, instead of their parents, as long as they are 14 or over.

Hopefully this new policy will lower the number of injuries and deaths related to car accidents. Unfortunately, even if wearing a seatbelt can help reduce our potential injuries, those of us who choose to observe safety precautions cannot control the actions of others. If you or someone you know has been injured by a reckless or negligent driver, call the Des Moines reckless driving accident lawyers of , at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.


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