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Idaho Rules of the Road: Passenger Safety for Children

One of the greatest goals we can all have to prevent child injuries is child passenger safety while riding in a vehicle. The following are the Idaho Rules of the Road code for child passenger safety:


  • No noncommercial motor vehicle operator shall transport a child who is six (6) years of age or younger in a motor vehicle manufactured with seat belts after January 1, 1966, unless the child is properly secured in a child safety restraint that meets the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 213.

The provisions of this section shall not apply:

  • If all of the motor vehicle’s seat belts are in use, but in such an event any unrestrained child to which this section applies shall be placed in the rear seat of the motor vehicle, if it is so equipped; or
  • When the child is removed from the car safety restraint and held by the attendant for the purpose of nursing the child or attending the child’s other immediate physiological needs.

The failure to use a child safety restraint shall not be considered under any circumstances as evidence of contributory negligence, nor shall such failure be admissible as evidence in any civil action with regard to negligence.

Car Rules for Children

Always wear a seatbelt. Children should be taught at a young age to always wear a seatbelt no matter how short the trip is.

Never share a seatbelt. While it is good to teach children to share, a seatbelt is something that should never be shared. Two kids buckled up with the same seatbelt is dangerous for both.

Stay in the back seat. If a child is under age 13, they should still be seated in the back seat. The child will be safer in the back during a car accident. If passenger-side air bags deploy in an accident, a young child is at risk for possible injury from the air bags.

Stay calm. Parents who get over excited or have road rage should try to play it cool in front of the kids. If the driver is calm, everyone else will be more at ease.

Car rules apply in all cars. Even if the child is riding in a family or friend’s car, teach them the car rules still apply. Healthy habits could save your child’s life.

Car Accident Attorneys

If your child has been in a car accident due to the negligence of another, contact the car accident attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello. Our law office offers a free consultation to discuss your case and the rights you may be entitled to.

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