Seat Belt Safety Tips

It could save your life, it’s the law and it makes sense — but not everyone does it. Motorists should be prepared to either buckle up or buck up, because safety belt laws are being strictly enforced nation-wide.

Whether you’re sitting in the front or back seat, the risk of serious injury or death in a crash is virtually the same. Crashes can occur in any situation, and most injury crashes happen on short trips within a few miles of home and in zones where the speed limit is 40 mile per hour or less.

“Click It or Ticket”

Mobilization

Click It or Ticket is a national campaign targeted to reach those drivers who are least likely to buckle up and so most likely to die in a car crash. The message is simple: always wear your safety belt.

The targeted and intense advertising is designed to alert people to the upcoming mobilization, which will be supported by thousands of law enforcement officers in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

These efforts, coupling advertising and the support of government agencies, traffic safety organizations, local advocates and others, aim to increase the use of safety belts use, and protect us against one of the greatest threats to us all —traffic crashes.

The goal of the Click It or Ticket mobilization is not to give out tickets, but rather to influence people to buckle up and prevent injuries and fatalities. Research proves that the certainty of a ticket and costly fines convinces people to ‘Click It’.

Here are some driver safety important tips and facts about seatbelts:

• Safety belts save lives and reduce injuries in crashes, so buckle up every time you get in the car.

• Be certain every passenger is correctly buckled in a safety belt or child safety seat.

• Always wear both the shoulder belt and lap belt when sitting in the front seat, even in front of an air bag.

• When sitting in front of an air bag, move your seat as far back as possible.

• Always wear safety belts low and snug on the hips and tight across the shoulder.

• Never place the shoulder belt behind the back or under the arm.

• All passengers aged 12 and under should sit in the back seat.