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Posted on 10-28-2017

Strategies Employed for Increased Seatbelt Use

Strategies Employed for Increased Seatbelt Use

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Despite the fact that seatbelts have been proven to save lives in car accidents, it can still be difficult to get drivers and their passengers to buckle up every time they get in the car. As such, a number of different strategies are employed by various states in an effort to get people to wear their seatbelts. These strategies include:

  • Primary Seat Belt Laws: Allows police officers to stop and ticket anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt. These laws typically result in higher seatbelt use than those state that have secondary seatbelt laws, which only allow officers to issue tickets for seatbelt use after they have pulled the vehicle over for other reasons.
  • Increased Penalties: Involves increasing the fines or points given on a driver's license for a seatbelt violation.
  • Short-Term, High-Visibility Enforcement: Involves setting up checkpoints or saturation points for checking on seatbelt use. These efforts are typically highly publicized in an effort to reach those who typically do not wear their seatbelts regularly.

Combined Nighttime Enforcement Programs: A form of short-term, highly-visible enforcement that takes place at night, which is when seatbelt use is at its lowest and car accidents are most frequent. These programs are combined with the enforcement of other laws, such as impaired driving laws.

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Of course, even with the proper use of seatbelts, it is possible to become injured in a car accident. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is in your best interest to be seen by a medical professional in order to determine if you have sustained any injuries. The sooner the injuries are caught, the better your chances of recovery. Contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today to learn more about how we can help you.

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