Legislative Bill LB1073
was signed into law by Governor Johanns and went into effect on July 20, 2002.
Important items that remain in effect:
- All children up to six years of age must ride in a child passenger restraint system. (Primary enforcement law)
- Children six years of age and less than sixteen years of age must ride using an occupant protection system. (Secondary enforcement law)
- If the driver holds a provisional operator’s permit (POP) or a school permit, all passengers must ride using an occupant protection system. (Secondary enforcement law)
- The “proof of purchase or rental” waiver has been eliminated.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop a public information campaign which includes the availability of distribution and discount programs for restraint systems.
- The child passenger restraint system must be correctly installed.
- Exceptions: taxis, mopeds, motorcycles, and any motor vehicle designated by the manufacturer as a 1963 year model or earlier which is not equipped with an occupant protection system.
- The medical exemption remains. A licensed physician must sign a statement identifying the child and stating the grounds for the waiver.
- Drivers of emergency vehicles are exempt.
- Foster care providers must also transport children in restraints. Failure to do so will result in the revocation or suspension of the foster care license.
View LB1073 online
or request a copy of the bill by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 742-7456 or the 24-hour Request Line at (402) 471-2877.