Depending on when you were born, some of you might remember not being required to wear a seat belt. Although seat belts were made mandatory equipment in vehicles in 1968, there were no state laws that required drivers to wear them.
The first seat belt law was a federal law, Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301 Motor Safety Standard, which took in effect on January 1, 1968. However, it was not until 1986 that California passed the seat belt law. Thirty-five years ago, California passed its first seat belt laws, which took effect on January 1, 1986, requiring both drivers and passengers to wear a seat belts when they ride in a passenger vehicle in CA.
The importance of wearing a seat belt provides safety to everyone in the vehicle. It can prevent you from being thrown from the vehicle during a collision or should the vehicle lose control. It also prevents you from getting a fine under California seat belt law - Vehicle Code 27315 VC. As time has passed, there have been studies that more and more people do in fact wear their seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the national estimate of seat belt use by an adult increased to 90.7% in 2019. So, whether you’re trying to avoid major injury or just avoid a fine, buckle up.
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