Massachusetts Safety Belt Law (MGL Ch 90, Sec. 13A)
This law requires that any driver or passenger, age 12 and older, wear a seat belt in any motor vehicle, whether in the front or back seat of a car.
Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Law (MGL Ch 90, Sec. 7AA)
- This law is designed to protect the safety of child passengers under age 12.
- When riding in motor vehicles, infants and small children must ride in a federally approved child passenger restraint until they are at least 5 years old and weigh more than 40 pounds.
- Children who weigh more than 40 pounds but are under 5 years old must ride in a booster seat.
- Children under 8 years old or under 4'9" must use a booster seat.
Massachusetts Graduated Licensing Law (MGL Ch. 90, Section 8)
- For more information on the Junior Operator License, refer to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles page about Junior operators.
Massachusetts Bicycle Helmet Safety Law for Minors (MGL Ch. 85, Sec. 11 B)
- Any child 16 years of age or younger operating or riding as a passenger on bicycle, scooter, in-line skates, skateboard or other manually propelled vehicle on a public way, bike path or on any other public right-of-way must wear an approved helmet.
- Children under one year old must not be transported on a bicycle.
- The helmet law does not apply to child passengers in an enclosed trailer.
This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.