Buckle Up Every Passenger, Every Trip
While most of us use seat belts without even thinking about it, there are still many drivers and passengers who don’t. Driving or riding without a seat belt is dangerous and often deadly. In fact, crashes kill more than 120 unbelted drivers and passengers every year in Maryland. Those involved in a crash without seat belts are 67 percent more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury. That’s why our seat belt and car seat safety laws are in place. Everyone riding in your car should buckle up every time.
Why Risk Your Life?
What is your reason for not wearing your seat belt? Do you feel uncomfortable or worry that your clothes will wrinkle? Do you believe that air bags alone will protect you or that you’re such a good driver you’ll be able to avoid an crash anyway? The truth is there is NO good reason not to wear a seat belt.
If you ride in the back seat and assume the seat in front of you will protect you, you’re wrong. Instead, you’ll become a projectile in the crash. This means greater injury to you and anyone you hit in the front seat, even if they are wearing a safety belt.
Even if it’s a short drive home, it’s best to buckle everyone up, every time. It only takes a few seconds to fasten your safety belt. A crash can happen in the blink of an eye and the risk of death or injury is not worth taking. Make sure that everyone in your car or truck buckles up, even those in the back seat.
Protect Your Most Precious Passengers
Maryland car seat safety laws protect our youngest passengers. Even minor crashes can have tragic outcomes for babies and children who are not properly buckled in.
Current law requires appropriate child restraints, either car seats or booster seats, for children under the age of eight, unless they’re 4’9″ or taller. Children ages 8 to 16 should wear a safety belt regardless of where they sit in the car. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure everyone wears safety belts and these laws apply regardless of where you are from.
Seat Belt and Car Seat Laws Save Lives
In our goal toward zero deaths on Maryland roadways, these initiatives are about car occupant protection. Law enforcement across Maryland understands that seat belt laws save lives and they are committed to writing tickets to get people in the habit of buckling up.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving empty roads at night or just taking a five minute trip to the store. Just buckle up everyone in every seat, every time.