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Old 04-07-2016, 03:38 PM   #11
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My guess would be state depending. Here in PA everyone needs to wear a seatbelt.. Technically, other than a few types of vehicles (buses for one) but you can only be pulled over if someone under 18 is not belted. You need to do something else before you can be stopped and ticketed for an adult not belted. Every state is diffrent.

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So everyone not bucked when your stopped by cops run and hide in closets, showers not to get caught not wearing seat belts. Lol.

It would be something I would want to find out before starting out.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:24 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=doc73;1156148]My guess would be state depending. Here in PA everyone needs to wear a seatbelt.. Technically, other than a few types of vehicles (buses for one) but you can only be pulled over if someone under 18 is not belted. You need to do something else before you can be stopped and ticketed for an adult not belted. Every state is diffrent.

This is not entirely true. Only passenger under the age of 18 needs to be restrained in PA.

Check out this web site and you can search your own state.

Pennsylvania Safety Laws - Cell Phone, Seat Belt, & Car Seat | DMV.org

Here is another interesting state, but I don't know how up to date the information is. Of course the word "blog" always throws a red flag up in my mind.

Things You Need To Know About RV Seat Belt Laws

For the OP. According to the DMV web site: All passengers and the driver of an operating vehicle in Texas must use a seat belt, if available. The key word being "IF AVAILABLE". Of course safety is a whole other issues.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:35 PM   #13
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While technically correct (I left out the part that only adult front seat people need seat belts, in the back they do not), you are not correct. Now according to your own link anyone in the front seat needs to be restrained (which is the law).. And those under 18 no matter where they are in the appropriate seat device (child seat booster and or just the seat depending on age and weight). Its covered under PAVC 75-4581. As you read through the sub sections it tells where and who needs what.

I do agree though. Before I would trust a blog that is only as good as the info they gathered (who knows how timely or accurate their source) one needs to confirm for ones self.

EDIT: Just noticed we are on page two and the OP has never returned since the question was placed...
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So everyone not bucked when your stopped by cops run and hide in closets, showers not to get caught not wearing seat belts. Lol.

It would be something I would want to find out before starting out.
It would be like the phone booth game.. How many folks from the tennis team and cram into the master bathroom!!
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Doc73 - We are both on the same side of the discussion here. I too left out the key point of persons in the front seat must be buckled, but I thought that was implied. I also see that I posted the same link as Iggy did. (His link did not open for me the first time through. Sorry Iggy)

The only point I wanted to make was that the number of seatbelts is not the limiting factor of being legal.

What does that really mean though? I look at by potentially avoiding a $10.00 fine. Who really cares about that. What is more important is avoiding a serious injury or something worse. This is probably one of those laws that goes against common sense.

Which brings up another question. Even though it should probably be in a thread of its own. How safe do people think the rear seat belts really are? You don't hear of many crash test done in Motor Homes. In a serious crash how many "projectiles" are going to be bouncing around the coach? I think they are better served as prevention of minor injuries such as sprains, lacerations, and broken bones in the event of a panic stop. I enforce what I call the airplane rule. Once we are on the highway, you are free to move about the cabin, but if you are not up for a purpose, you will be seated and buckled.
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I think the one link actually addresses that which I also never really thought about.. What is the thing attached to... You are correct, as light weight as they make these things I would bet some of the belts would just pull from the 1/4" plywood. Mythbusters did an episode of flying junk in a car crash a few years ago. It was surprising how much damage a box of tissues could do...

If the person is OVER 18, here in PA, you are correct it does not matter how many seatbelt are in the rear. You do not NEED to wear one. I think everyone needs to wear them so I am with you with the airplane rule.

Guess OP is in TX so who knows down there.

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I too am a Myth Busters fan, and that is what I what started my thought process. The bowling ball was really scary, probably much more than the hatchet.
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Guess it's good I do not bowl and my ax collection is kept in the pass through storage! LOL

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Thanks to all for your input. The right decision is for the tennis team to ride the bus and we'll be "tournament central" in the parking lot with drinks, food, and a place to rest and socialize.
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Thanks to all for your input. The right decision is for the tennis team to ride the bus and we'll be "tournament central" in the parking lot with drinks, food, and a place to rest and socialize.

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