Confusion over Oklahoma's child seat belt laws
There's growing confusion surrounding Oklahoma's child seat belt laws. Law enforcement agencies across the state follow different rules and regulations when it comes to buckling up.
The current law states if a child is eight years or older, a seat belt must be worn rather than a car seat or booster seat.
But according to the American Automobile Association, Oklahoma is the only state in the nation without a law requiring kids eight years and older to wear a seat belt when riding in a back seat.
"I think that's ridiculous," said motorist Drew Benton. "The seat belts... that's what keeps you alive, you get in a car crash. I think everyone should have to wear a seat belt at all times in a moving car."
Durant police agree.
"Any sort of collision -- especially a rollover collision -- anything like that, you have the probability of being ejected," said Lt. Drew Hale. "Obviously, a seat belt will prevent that, or should prevent that, so we do encourage everyone -- front or rear seat -- to wear a seat belt."
Oklahoma lawmakers are working on a new law to make the rules more clear.
"I think it would be a little silly not to have children especially having their seat belts on," said driver Tayiah Rasmussen. "I have a younger sister and she's 10, but she's built like a seven-year-old, so the thought of her not having a seat belt on kind of freaks me out."
On Facebook, we asked viewers to share their opinions. Most said no matter what the law says, it's the parent's responsibility to make sure their child is buckled up.