Until now, drivers could only be cited for not wearing seat belts if they were pulled over for something else, such as speeding.
That changes today with the passage of the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law. With the passage of this new law a Florida driver who is not wearing a seat belt can be pulled over and issued a traffic citation for a nonmoving violation.
The state fine for a seatbelt violation will be $35, and each county may impose additional fines and court fees as well. Drivers and passengers who are found in violation of the new law are subject to a $114 fine in Miami-Dade County and $115 fine in Broward County.
This law is named in memory of two Florida teens that were killed in separate traffic accidents and died as a result of not wearing their seatbelts.
There are some exemptions to the new law, for instance a traffic ticket cannot be issued if an occupant has a doctor’s note, drives a trash truck, deliver newspapers, or is in the back of a pick-up truck.