State Laws

Note:  Most child restraint laws are enforced on a primary basis, except in Ohio, which is enforced on a secondary basis.  Nebraska’s law is secondary only for those in safety belts.

Primary/standard enforcement: Law enforcement may stop vehicles and cite drivers solely for child passenger law violations.

Secondary enforcement: Law enforcement must have another reason to stop a vehicle, as they cannot stop vehicles for a child passenger infraction alone.

** Law indicates that a child must be properly secured/restrained, which means that the seat must be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.