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Does a passenger need to wear a seatbelt?

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zzcop beltQ: If a driver is wearing their seat belt, but a passenger isn’t, can you still be pulled over? — Jessi in Spokane Valley

A: “Jessi, in Washington, you’re right, seatbelts are a primary violation. We want everyone in that car to have their seatbelt on. So, if the driver’s not wearing a seatbelt, they can be stopped and cited, and it’s the exact same thing for passenger. Even if the driver is belted, if we see that a passenger is not wearing a seatbelt, you can be stopped. And, if that person is under the age of 16, you’d get the ticket. So, make sure, get everybody buckled up and be safe on the road.” — Washington State Trooper Julie Judson