In Maryland, all drivers and passengers are required to wear seat belts regardless of where they are seated in the car. Maryland’s new seatbelt law requires that even passengers over 16 in the back seat wear a seatbelt. Maryland’s seatbelt laws concerning drivers, front seat passengers, and backseat passengers under 16 are primary laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over if you are driving while not wearing a seatbelt, if one of your front seat passengers is not wearing a seatbelt, or if one of your backseat passengers is under 16 and not wearing a seatbelt, even without witnessing another violation. Maryland seatbelt laws concerning backseat passengers over 16 are secondary laws. This means that an officer can only pull you over if you are committing another violation but can give you a ticket for both the other violation and the seatbelt violation.
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