Seat Belt Laws

Paulina, Katherine, Elizabeth, Florence

Our group is doing seat belt safety laws and we believe that not wearing a seat belt should be illegal because they say that 9,500 live every year and your 45% more likely to survive a crash while wearing a seat belt.

Seat Belt Laws

  • There are mandatory seat belt laws in all states except for New Hampshire.

    • Some states only require for front seat passengers to wear seat belts.


    • In 34 states & the District of Colombia, it is primary enforcement which means that police can stop the people only for not wearing their seat belt.


    • In the rest of the states, it is secondary enforcement which means that the police must have another reason to stop someone before mentioning them not being buckled up.

Child Seat Belt Laws

  • Child safety laws require children to travel in approved child restraints or booster seats and some permit or require older children to use adult safety belts.
  • First offense fine or not complying with a state's child passenger safety laws vary from $10 to $500.
  • Children seated in booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone.
  • While 95% of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly. Research shows that seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained.
  • Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers, ages 1-4.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1.Why should I wear a seat belt?

Wearing a seat belt can save you from dying in a crash.

2. Isn't is worst to be trapped in a car? Aren't I safer if I get thrown from a car in a crash?

Between 50 and 80 percent if you drive a pickup truck it can roll over and the seat belt can save you from getting thrown around in that car.

3.Why are you forcing me to wear a seat belt?

The state law requires the driver and all the passenger to make sure they are safe no matter where they are seating in the car.
4.Can I wear my seat belt behind my clothes?

No, you can not wear a seat belt behind you clothes because if you happen to be in a car crash the seat belt around your chest is protects your whole body but if its just around your hip then the child or adult may fly to the window because they had the seat belt behind their back.

Statistics on Seat-Belts

  • Of the teens (aged 13-20 years) that died in crashes in 2012, approximately 55% of them were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
  • Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults age 35 or older.
  • Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women.
  • Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% use).
  • in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws or no seat belt laws (80%) compared to states with primary enforcement laws (89%).
  • Rear seat passengers are less likely to wear a seat belt that front seat drivers
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