Asked in Traffic Tickets for Oklahoma

Q: In Oklahoma, if I’m wearing my seatbelt but have the shoulder strap behind me. Can I be written a ticket?

I was written a ticket for improperly wearing my seat belt because the shoulder strap was behind me and not going across my chest. If this is a legitimate violation can some please point me to the state statute on the violation.

If there was a malfunction with the shoulder strap, as it would lock and not loosen up on me restricting me from safely driving the vehicle is that still considered improper wearing of a safety belt?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Yes you can be written a ticket for that.

47 O.S.§12-417

A. 1. Every operator and front seat passenger of a Class A commercial motor vehicle, Class B commercial motor vehicle, Class C commercial motor vehicle or a passenger vehicle operated in this state shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the motor vehicle when manufactured pursuant to 49 C.F.R., Section 571.208.

If the shoulder strap is behind you then it is not properly adjusted and fastened.

If the belt is defective (making the vehicle unsafe) it is the vehicle owners responsibility to fix it where the vehicle can be operated in a safe manner 47 O.S. §12-101.

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