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Is riding in the back of a pickup legal or illegal?

Boaz police chief: Alabama does not have a law against it

Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:57 pm | Updated: 4:04 pm, Wed Jul 6, 2011.

Look around at the other drivers on U.S. 431 during any sunny summer afternoon and you're likely to see teens and children enjoying a ride in the bed of a pickup. The wind in their face, the sun on their shoulders and the speed combines to make the experience exhilarating.

But in the blink of an eye, the trip can turn deadly.

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  • opinions_count posted at 10:37 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    opinions_count Posts: 64

    Let's get back to the basics and that is individuals rights. Telling someone they as an adult cannot ride in the back of the truck is CrAzY. Telling that same person they cannot have their dog in the back of the truck is worse. Next you will require seat belts for dogs and make pet owners purchase special restraint devices. I never rode in a car seat but I'm not against them. I personally believe in the child restraint laws and wear my seat belt. If the need arises for me or another adult to ride in the back of a truck then it should not be illegal.

  • tomcryar posted at 8:16 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    I Thinks it's fine if you are going under 10 miles an hour, but when people have kids, dogs, or grown-ups in the back, and are going 30-60 miles an hour, it's time for a ticket. And if there is no law presently, then there should be one introduced....I'm all for letting people have fun, but there IS a limit, and safety for your kids, and animals should be number one when you are behind the wheel.

  • opinions_count posted at 7:25 pm on Wed, Jul 6, 2011.

    opinions_count Posts: 64

    "Alabama doesn't have a law against riding in back of the truck, regardless of age," said Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis.
    I'm glad I read the rest of the article. It later reads Alabama & Mississippi don't have a law which prevents persons from riding in the back of a truck. If Alabama has a law that reads under 15 years of age is required to utilize a seat belt no matter where they are seated in the vehicle, then why would we need yet another law to prevent such an act. I can only assume the intent of the law was when you are 15 years of age you are responsible for your own actions. You can operate a motorcycle by yourself and drive a vehicle with a licensed driver in the vehicle. Please don't pass yet another useless law people should bear some responsibility to choose where they sit and remember there are consequences for the choices we make.