Occupant Restraint Devices

  1. All university-owned motor vehicles shall be equipped with such occupant restraint devices (e.g., seat belts, shoulder harnesses, air bags, etc.) as were mandated by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in effect at the time the particular vehicle was manufactured.
  2. All occupant restraint devices installed in university-owned motor vehicles shall be maintained in proper operating condition. The department head or supervisor to which the vehicle is assigned shall be responsible for making sure that these devices are maintained in proper working order.
  3. No university employee or other person shall operate a university-owned motor vehicle in which the occupant restraint devices for each occupied seating position in the front seat are not completely operational.
  4. No person may drive or ride in the front seat of, a university-owned motor vehicle, or any other motor vehicle being used to conduct official State business, unless properly restrained by the occupant device available at the occupied seating position. Anytime a front seat passenger is not a university employee, it shall be the driver's responsibility to insure that the passenger uses the available restraint device.
  5. Personnel found to be in violation of this regulation are subject to disciplinary action as follows:
    1. First instance - counseling by supervisor followed by memorandum of understanding.
    2. Second instance or any subsequent instances - counseling by supervisor and notation in the employee's personnel employment record.
    3. Three instances within any 365 day period - an official reprimand recorded in the employee's personnel employment record.
    4. Four or more instances within any 365 day period - suspension of the privilege of using a university-owned motor vehicle for a period of six months.
    5. Any instance noted in an accident report, or developed in subsequent investigation of an accident involving a university-owned motor vehicle, which indicates that the front seat occupant restraint devices in the State vehicle were not being properly utilized when the accident occurred shall result in the suspension of the university vehicle driver's privilege of using a university-owned motor vehicle for a period of one year.