WHAT IS THE PRIMARY SEAT BELT LAW AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Seat belt laws are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary seat belt laws allow officers to ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt without any other traffic offense taking place. Secondary seat belt laws state that law enforcement officers may issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt only when there is another citable traffic infraction.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert recently signed House Bill 79, which was passed by the Utah Legislature this year. The new law went into effect May 12, 2015 and allows patrolmen statewide to pull over drivers seen not wearing their seat belts.
The new law allows drivers one “free” warning before they can be cited. He said while the first violation is just a warning, after that, if the driver is pulled over again for the same violation they can be ticketed $45.
While the no seat belt ticket is considered a non-moving violation, which means it doesn’t collect points on one’s driving record, it does show up on your license.