Were You Wearing Seat Belts, California?

After reviewing the website, CA.gov – I found the following information helpful for all (especially to those who have families) and would like to share it with readers.  The full page can also be found here:  http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl16.htm.

Most drivers, no matter how carefully they drive, will be involved in at least one traffic vehicle collision during their lifetime.  Your chances of being injured or killed in a vehicle collision are greater than you might think.  One person in three will be injured or killed.  To increase your chances of surviving a collision, use your seat belts every time you are in a moving vehicle.  Be sure to wear both your lap and shoulder belt if the vehicle is equipped with both, even if the vehicle is equipped with air bags.

For Families: You and any passenger age six or older or who weighs 60 lbs. or more must wear a seat belt while the car is moving.  If not, you may be given a traffic ticket.  You will be given a ticket if your passenger is younger than 16.  A child passenger restraint system is required for any child less than the age of six or who weighs less than 60 lbs.  A seat belt or a child passenger restraint system may be used for each person age six or older or who weighs 60 lbs. or more.

Here are some additional tips for using a child safety seat:

  • The back seat is the safest place in the car for children 12 years old or younger.
  • Babies up to 20 lbs. and about age one should ride in a safety seat secured to the back seat facing the rear of the car. Babies should not be placed facing forward or backward in the front passenger seat if the vehicle has a passenger-side air bag.
  • Toddlers over 20 lbs. and about age one should ride in an approved safety seat in the back seat.

Finally, it is important to remind ourselves about why accidents occur.  The following list is made up of the common causes of vehicle collision.  Some of the most common causes besides DUI include:

  • Unsafe speed
  • Inattention to driving
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Improper turns
  • Violation of the right-of-way rules
  • Violation of stop signals and signs
  • Cellular telephone use
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