Seat Belt Safety
THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT WEARING, OR IMPROPERLY WEARING, A SEAT BELT ARE CLEAR:
1. Not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.
2. Air bags are not enough to protect you. Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. If you don't wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag, resulting in severe injury or death.
3. Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, increases your risk of injury in a crash. Make sure the lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
4. You can be fined. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be properly secured in the front or back seat or face fines and fees up to $200. Children younger than 8 years old must be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If a child isn't secured, the driver faces fines of up to $250.
THE BENEFITS OF BUCKLING UP ARE EQUALLY CLEAR:
If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
- Fatal injury by 45%
- Moderate to critical injury by 50%
- Fatal injury by 60%
- Moderate to critical injury by 65%