Ask a Sheriff: Can an individual ride in the “box” of a pickup truck?

According to the seat belt statutes, 169.685 and 169.686, if a child is both under 8 years of age and shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches, they must be seated in an approved seat with seat belts or a child passenger restraint system meeting federal motor safety standards.   For all others, if you are a passenger in a pickup and seat belts are provided and not in use, you must sit and use the seat belt.  If you are in a pickup and the passenger seats are full and all of the seat belts are being used, you can ride in the back of the pickup.  The only other exemption for the use of seat belts is if you are driving a pickup or riding in a pickup while engaged in normal farming work or activity.–Sheriff Joel Brott