JUNE 30, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An opinion from the state attorney general's
office says an adult passenger is responsible for belting in, and a
driver can't be cited if the passenger isn't wearing a seat belt.
In the opinion released Wednesday, the A-G's office also said
children under 15 can't ride in pickup truck beds without
restraints, but said the law is unclear on whether adults can.
The questions came from Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley.
He had asked about whether the driver or passenger should be cited
if a front-seat adult passenger in a car or truck isn't wearing a
Elana C. Wills, prepared the opinion for the attorney general's
office. She wrote that the law seems to say that the adult
front-seat passenger would be responsible for the failure to wear a
seat belt. But Wills said drivers are responsible for making sure
that minors are properly restrained.
Jegley also asked about laws on riding in the back of a pickup
truck without restraints or within a camper shell or trailer
attached to a truck. Wills wrote that the children under 15 must be
restrained. But she said state law is unclear when it comes to