Every year there are approximately 35,000 people who get killed in a car accident and over 50,000 of them could’ve been saved if they were wearing their seat belts. While many people reject the fact that wearing a seat belt is a life saver, car accident statistics state otherwise. In fact, according to recent reports, seat belts are your best defense against the unpredictable actions of a drunk driver. Motorists are also 25 times more likely to suffer death when they are thrown off their vehicle.
Seat Belt Legislation
On January 1, 1986, a law governing the use of seat belts on all vehicles with the exception for buses was passed. The law was revised three times but the revisions are not far from the original legislation. While this is a federal mandate, the legislation may vary depending on the state. New York is the first state that passed the law that requires all vehicle occupants to wear appropriate type of seat belt. Not wearing seatbelts is illegal in all states except in New Hampshire. The good news is that about 90 percent of all drivers are now properly wearing seatbelts.
Two types of
Seat Belt Law Enforcement
Seat Belt Law Enforcement
There are two kinds of seat belt legislation enforcement: primary legislation and secondary legislation. The primary enforcement allows traffic enforcer to stop and issue a ticket if they think that you are not wearing our seat belt. The secondary enforcement allows traffic enforcer to cite you and issue you a ticket for violating the seatbelt law only if the violation is committed with other traffic violations such as beating the red light, over speeding, etc. Currently, there are 32 states including the Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and District of Columbia that uses primary enforcement. 17 states apply the secondary law to young drivers as well as the passengers. In New Hampshire, none of these enforcements apply.
Importance of Seat belts
Seat belts are designed to keep the driver or their passengers on their seat during a collision. First of all, seat belts come in two parts. One rests on the driver’s pelvis and the other rests over their shoulders and across their chest. In other words, your seatbelts holds a large part of your body. During a collision, the seat belt will hold your body in place and prevent you from getting thrown off the vehicle, which could cause more severe physical damage. Seatbelts are engineered to do this job efficiently and they come hand in hand with air bags. In case of an accident, the air bag will immediately deploy while the seatbelts holds you in a safe position.
Kinds of Seatbelts
One of the most important things that you need to understand is that seatbelts come in many different types. Children in particular are required to use a special kind of seatbelt or in some cases a booster chair that comes with harness that keeps your child safely tucked inside the vehicle. Pregnant ladies are also required to wear seat belts more than what most of them think. To keep their unborn child from getting hurt, they need to wear a special kind of seat belt.