Seat Belt Safety
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Seat Belt Safety

photo of woman wearing her seat belt

Prevention works. Seat belts have saved an estimated 255,000 lives between 1975 and 2008, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Buckling up is the most important way to protect yourself in a crash and can reduce your risk of injury by 50%. 

"Click It or Ticket" – California Law and Fines

  • A police officer can stop and ticket a driver unless everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt, regardless of whether they are sitting in the front or back seat.
  • Children under 8 years old (or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches) must be in either a booster seat, a child car seat or an infant car seat. Most children need to ride in a booster seat until age 10 to 12.
  • A ticket for an adult seat belt violation costs a minimum of $142 and up.
  • A ticket for not properly restraining a child under age 16 costs a minimum of $445 an up. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.

Everyone Can Make a Difference

  • Wear a seat belt on short trips to the store, as well as on longer trips. Encourage and remind your passengers to buckle up.
  • Parents can set the example by wearing their own seat belt and making sure children are in the correct car seatl for their age.
  • Employers can post information in break rooms andparking lots that encourage employees to buckle up.

Using seat belts and child safety seats is the number one best thing you can do to survive a crash.

Poster Reminder to use seat belt

Click here to download this full-sized poster for work or school. 

Help friends, family & co-workers remember:
Wearing a seat belt can save your life!