Who Needs Seat Belts?

by Courtney Conley
Buckle Up

Most Americans understand the importance of wearing a seat belt. The NHTSA reported the national seat belt use rate was at 89.6% in 2018. According to the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts from 2017, seat belts in passenger vehicles saved around 14,955 lives that year. That’s incredible! The report also provided a sad statistic: an additional 2,549 lives could have been saved that year if the occupants involved in fatal collisions had been wearing seat belts.

Buckling up is the law.

Seat belt use has certainly gotten more popular over the years. The first federal seat belt law took effect in 1968, which required vehicles to have seat belts available in all designated seats (except buses). The law has been updated over the years as safety standards change, and the standards vary throughout the United States. Many states, like Texas, require drivers and all passengers in a vehicle to be properly restrained by a seat belt.

How do seat belts protect you?

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Seat belts protect occupants in many ways. The five main ways are:

  1. Keeping you in the vehicle. You have a greater chance of surviving a crash if you stay in the vehicle.
  2. Contacting the strongest parts of the body. For teens and adults, that’s the hips and shoulders. When worn correctly, seat belts will apply most of the stopping force there.
  3. Spreading crash forces over a wide area of the body. Seat belts put less stress on any one body part.
  4. Helping the body slow down in a crash, which extends the time when the forces are felt by the occupants during a crash.
  5. Protecting the brain and spinal cord, which are two of the most critical areas of your body. Without seat belts, there’s a greater chance of injuring these crucial areas.

Seat Belt Tickets

Many states will issue a ticket to drivers and passengers who ignore seat belt laws and choose to remain unbuckled. Seat belt-related tickets can result in fines. Sometimes, they result in an order to take a seat belt safety course. If you’re a Texas resident and you’ve been ordered to complete a Texas Seat Belt Safety course, we can help. Our Texas Seat Belt Safety course is TDLR-approved and can be completed online. Our course is educational and entertaining, with interesting lessons and media elements. You can take our course to get a ticket dismissed, or voluntarily in order to learn more about seat belts and child seats.

There’s no arguing that seat belts can save lives. You must always wear a seat belt, even on short trips, and make sure your passengers buckle up, too.

If you’re a Texas resident and you need to complete a Texas Seat Belt Safety course, we hope you’ll consider taking our online course! If you have any questions, our excellent customer support team is here for you 7 days a week. If you would like more information on our Texas Seat Belt Safety course, please check out our website.

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Most Americans understand the importance of wearing a seat belt. The NHTSA reported the national seat belt use rate was at 89.6% in 2018. According to the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts from 2017, seat belts in passenger vehicles saved around 14,955 lives that year. That’s incredible! The report also provided a sad statistic: an additional 2,549 lives could have been saved that year if the occupants involved in fatal collisions had been wearing seat belts.

Categories: Driving Laws, Driving Safety