Child Passenger Restraint Laws

Indiana Child Restraint Law (Effective July 1, 2005)

  • Children are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint, which can include a belt positioning booster seat, until they reach their 8th birthday (this does not include shoulder belt positioners)

  • Children at least 8 years old until their 16th birthday are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint system or seat belt in all seating positions in all vehicles

  • If first time offenders of this violation bring a child safety seat or booster to court, the fine will be waived

  • Fees collected from violations will be entered into a fund to purchase child restraints for low income families throughout Indiana

  • Exemptions:

    • If all lap/shoulder seat belts are being used by other children, then a child over 40 pounds may ride in a lap only seat belt without a child restraint (booster seats cannot be safely used with a lap only seat belt)

    • Additional exemptions include vehicles such as a school bus, ambulance, public passenger bus, motorcycle and other emergency vehicles

A direct link to the entire code is at www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title9/ar19/ch11.html.
 

Indiana Passenger Law (Effective July 1, 2007)

  • Occupants 16 and older are required to ride properly restrained in a seat belt

  • This law applies to all seating positions in all vehicles, including pick-up trucks and SUV's

A direct link to the entire code is at www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title9/ar19/ch10.html


Other State Laws

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands have enacted laws to protect children in motor vehicles.  The terms of the laws vary from state to state.  If you are traveling outside of Indiana, you can find a summary of other state laws at http://ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html.