Florida Seat Belt Law – Click It or Get a Ticket – Florida Highway Patrol

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Florida law requires all drivers and occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to always wear a safety belt. In addition, occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit, must also wear their safety belt
Police officers in Jacksonville and nationwide are cracking down on motorists who are not wearing their seatbelts as part of a two week nationwide enforcement program called “Click It or Ticket.” Police officers around the country are gearing up for a busy week as high school graduation activities and Memorial Day weekend outings will put more people, and subsequently more vehicles, onto the dirt roads and pavement of the capital city. As part of a the state and nationwide 2011 Click It or Ticket campaign, local law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for unbuckled drivers. The program started May 23 and will continue through June 5. The primary target audience continues to be men ages 18 to 34, which research shows are less likely to wear seat belts. Last year Florida achieved a record high safety belt usage rate of 87.4 percent, after the two week Click It or Ticket campaign last May.
Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related equipment. 63% of people killed in accidents were not wearing seat belts. Wearing a seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on Jacksonville roadways. Of course, safe driving and minimizing driver distraction help avoid accidents but seat belts help reduce the severity of the injuries in some instances.

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