Practicing seat belt safety is the smartest, easiest way to protect yourself in a car. If you had the choice, you would likely always choose to survive in the event of a car crash. However, putting your seat belt on is comparable to making that choice every day. Seat belts help protect against driving with distraction, aggression, or impairments. So, what are some other facts about seat belts? Let’s discuss…

Seat Belt Safety: What You Should Know

What is a Standard Seat Belt Law?

A standard (primary) seat belt law means that officers can pull drivers over for not wearing their seat belt. On the other hand, secondary seat belt laws means that the officer must pull the driver over for another infraction first. Then, they can add on the citation for not wearing a seat belt. Seat belt safety laws lead to an increase in wear by about 10%. In turn, we see a dramatic decrease in the number of injuries and fatalities.

Who has the laws?

Every state beside New Hampshire has either primary or secondary seat belt laws. While only 15 states have secondary laws, it is still in the best interest of the driver and their passengers to wear their seat belts.

The states that have primary seat belt safety laws are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Why should you wear one?

You should practice seat belt safety for yourself, mainly. If that’s not enough, keep in mind that your entire community can suffer the affects of an accident where safety belts were not worn. Those who are in the hospital after being in a crash and not wearing their seat belt have financial charges 55% greater than those who were wearing their belts. This can be the literal difference of life and death.

In conclusion, you should always follow the laws and safety guidelines when it comes to seatbelts. Not wearing a seat belt can make even minor accidents into major ones. In short, for the safety of yourself and others, wear a seat belt.