Riding in back end of pickups to be illegal

Riding in back end of pickups to be illegal by Jaimi Reimer It may soon be illegal for minors to ride in the unenclosed cargo space of a vehicle.

The Senate passed SB66, 18-17, on Jan. 21. However, a motion to reconsider the vote delayed action on the bill until Jan. 22.

If passed, the bill would prohibit minor passengers in pickup beds, trailers and any other unenclosed cargo space if the vehicle is traveling faster than 25 miles per hour.

The speed allowance exempts underage members of hunting parties and parade floats from the bill.

Minors may ride in an unenclosed cargo area if, at the time the vehicle was originally assembled, it was equipped with a properly secured seat and safety seat belt system. This would allow passengers to ride in a Jeep or other similar vehicle if the canvas top were removed.

The bill also provides for emergency situations when a pickup bed is needed for emergency transport of a victim.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

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