Are You Wearing Your Seat Belt In Your New Car or Truck? Click It Or Ticket Begins.

May 28th, 2010 by

“Click it or Ticket” week has begun. Let’s face it though, you should be wearing your seat belt at all times. It shouldn’t matter how far you are going, if your in the front seat, back seat, or if you aren’t driving, you should wear your seat belt at all times. I know I’ve said this before but I think it’s important to remember that your kids will mimic you. If you wear your seat belt then they will wear theirs. Consumer Reports did a nice little blog on “Click it or Ticket” week which ends on June 5th that I thought I’d share it with you. I know life can sometimes be hectic and you can be in a rush, but when you are driving your new car or truck, take a second and remember to buckle up.

Seat belt use among Americans is at its highest level ever—84 percent. While that is good news, there is still that other 16 percent who need to get the message to buckle up. May 24 through June 5 is the Department of Transportation’s annual “Click It or Ticket” mobilization campaign aimed at delivering the safety message through a law enforcement blitz and crackdown around the country. Police will be out in force and at check points to make sure drivers and passengers are following their state’s seat belt laws.

A number of states have a usage rate below 70 percent, including Massachusetts, Wyoming, and New Hampshire, which is the only state without any seat belt law. Currently, 19 states do not have a primary law, which allows drivers to be pulled over for failing to wear a seat belt. Four of those states have a primary law only for teenagers and younger. The worst offenders of the seat belt law are men aged 18 to 34.

The seat belt is considered by many to be the most important automotive safety invention, and it is simple to use. Don’t wait for a campaign to buckle up, just do it now and make it a habit.

Liza Barth

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