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S.209

Introduced by   Senator White of Windham District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; safety belts; child restraints; emergencies; evacuations; exemption

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create an exemption from compliance with the safety belt and child restraint laws if there is an emergency evacuation.

AN ACT RELATING TO AN EXEMPTION FROM THE SAFETY BELT AND CHILD RESTRAINT LAWS FOR EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1258(b) is amended to read:

(b)  A person shall not be adjudicated in violation of this section if:

(1)  the motor vehicle is regularly used to transport passengers for hire except a motor vehicle owned or operated by a day care facility; or

(2)  the motor vehicle was manufactured without safety belts; or

(3)  the person is participating in an evacuation of persons from stricken areas as defined by 20 V.S.A. § 2(2).

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A. § 1259(b) is amended to read:

(b)  A person is required to be restrained in a safety belt system unless:

(1)  the person is a rural mail carrier of the United States Postal Service operating a motor vehicle in the performance of employment; or

(2)  the person is a driver or passenger frequently stopping and leaving the motor vehicle or delivering property from the motor vehicle, if the speed of the motor vehicle between stops does not exceed 15 miles per hour; or

(3)  the person is the operator of any farm tractor; or

(4)  the person is a member of the emergency personnel of an emergency motor vehicle and finds it necessary to be unrestrained in order to perform his or her duties; or

(5)  the motor vehicle the person is occupying is a bus or taxi; or

(6)  the person is required to be restrained under section 1258 of this title; or

(7)  the person is participating in an evacuation of persons from stricken areas as defined by 20 V.S.A. § 2(2).



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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