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NJ Seat Belt Law Changes Go into Effect Today, Sept. 1

carseat2-01Following is a list of changes to the state’s seat belt law that go into effect today, Sept. 1. Fines range from $50 to $75 for not following the revised New Jersey law.

Infant to age 2

-Car seats must remain rear-faced in the vehicle if the child is under 30 lbs. and under the age of 2. -The car seat also has to have a five-point harness.
-Once the child has exceeded the weight and age limited, the car seat can be faced forward.

Ages 2 to 4

-Children under the age of 4 or under 40 lbs. must remain in either a rear-facing or a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness in the back seat of a vehicle.
– Once the child has exceeded the weight or age limited, they can switch over to a booster seat.

Ages 4 to 8

-Children under the age of 8 under the height requirement of 57 inches tall must remain in the back of the vehicle in a booster seat.
– Once the child has exceeded the weight and height limit, they are eligible to use a regular seat belt.

When can my child sit in the front seat?

– A child can sit in the front seat of a vehicle if that vehicle does not have a back seat – such as a pick-up truck or a sports car. However, the car seat and booster seat regulations still apply (i.e. Car seats must remain rear-faced in the vehicle if the child is under 30 lbs. and under the age of 2).

– The vehicle’s passenger-side airbag must be disabled if a rear-facing car seat is strapped into the front seat of the vehicle.

To schedule a car seat inspection, contact your local police department. Princeton residents should contact the Princeton Police Safe Neighborhood Bureau at (609) 921-2100 ext. 2121 or 1848.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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