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Transportation Statistics > Seat belt fines (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: State fines levied for failing to wear a seat belt. NOTE: New Hampshire does not have a seat belt law. Where fines range in one state, the lowest figure has been used. The following states have fines which range: Maine ($25-$50); New York ($50-$100: Drivers can be fined $100 for each passenger under 16 not wearing a seat belt); Texas ($25-$50).
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Rank   States  Amount 
# 1     Washington: $86.00 
# 2     Oregon: $75.00 
= 3     District of Columbia: $50.00 
= 3     Rhode Island: $50.00 
= 3     New York: $50.00 
= 6     Hawaii: $45.00 
= 6     Utah: $45.00 
# 8     Connecticut: $37.00 
# 9     Florida: $30.00 
= 10     Massachusetts: $25.00 
= 10     North Carolina: $25.00 
= 10     Wyoming: $25.00 
= 10     Maine: $25.00 
= 10     Minnesota: $25.00 
= 10     Ohio: $25.00 
= 10     Louisiana: $25.00 
= 10     Virginia: $25.00 
= 10     Maryland: $25.00 
= 10     Alabama: $25.00 
= 10     Michigan: $25.00 
= 10     Arkansas: $25.00 
= 10     Mississippi: $25.00 
= 10     Iowa: $25.00 
= 10     Nebraska: $25.00 
= 10     Illinois: $25.00 
= 10     Nevada: $25.00 
= 10     Indiana: $25.00 
= 10     Texas: $25.00 
= 10     Kentucky: $25.00 
= 10     West Virginia: $25.00 
= 10     New Mexico: $25.00 
= 32     South Dakota: $20.00 
= 32     California: $20.00 
= 32     Delaware: $20.00 
= 32     North Dakota: $20.00 
= 32     Montana: $20.00 
= 32     Oklahoma: $20.00 
= 32     New Jersey: $20.00 
# 39     Colorado: $17.00 
= 40     Alaska: $15.00 
= 40     Georgia: $15.00 
= 42     Wisconsin: $10.00 
= 42     Kansas: $10.00 
= 42     Tennessee: $10.00 
= 42     Missouri: $10.00 
= 42     Arizona: $10.00 
= 42     Pennsylvania: $10.00 
= 42     Vermont: $10.00 
= 42     South Carolina: $10.00 
# 50     Idaho: $5.00 
Weighted average: $25.80  
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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2003 Early Edition, Washington, DC: 2004

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"Seat belt fines by state", U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2003 Early Edition, Washington, DC: 2004. Retrieved from http://www.StateMaster.com/graph/trn_sea_bel_fin-transportation-seat-belt-fines

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COMMENTARY     

Carigis
8th January 2011
This is totally innaccurate. texas is a $200 fine.. california is like 89 for first offense and 189 for second. If you do not include the surcharges every state charges you may as well just list them all as 1.00 because they are in no way accurate anyway. listing them without the mandatory surcharges is useless..
david
9th November 2010
NJ is definitely more than $20. I payed$68 last time.
H Hobbs
23rd October 2010
Personal safety is a personal choice and government should not be involved at all.
Leon
8th October 2010
In Western Australia where I Live the fine is $500 if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt - plus 4 demerit points (12 and you're off the road).

I think this is extremely excessive - does anyone have any comments?

Thanks
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