Here in Florida, front seat passengers are required by law to wear seat belts. In fact, it’s illegal to drive a vehicle if passengers do not comply. Furthermore, all passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt or be restrained by a child car seat regardless of where they ride in the car. The fine for a child not properly restrained is $60, while adult seatbelt violations incur a fine of $30.
Despite this, a recent survey designed to measure the effectiveness of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign found that more than 12% of Florida motorists don’t wear seat belts. The survey found that the worst seat belt offenders are males, pickup truck drivers, Central Floridians, and travelers on local roads. Women and those over age 60 who use South Florida highways are the most likely to buckle up.
However, seat belt use did increase by 2.2% after the safety belt campaign, so that’s good news for Florida safety officials.
Sources: State of Florida Seat Belt Laws, DMVFlorida.org
More drivers using seat belts in Florida, survey says, South Florida Sun Sentinel, September 14, 2010
Consult a South Florida seat belt violations lawyer at Altman & Altman if you have been cited for a seat belt violation or other traffic violations.