Ticketing Begins November 2nd
In May 2019, Alabama passed a law requiring everyone in a travelling in vehicle to wear a seat belt. Previously the seat belt requirement only applied to those in the front seat, and minors in the back seat. The law went into effect on September 1, however there has been under a 60 day trial period, and law enforcement have not been ticketing offenders.
That all changes on November 1st. Police will begin ticketing violators.
The failure of back seat passengers to wear a seat belt is a secondary violation. A ticket will only be written for a secondary violation in the event a vehicle was already stopped for another reason.
Seat Belts Save Lives
Despite the fact that seat belt use has significantly grown over the last 10 years, 22% of back seat riders are unlikely to wearing their seat belts.
The National Transportation Safety Board estimates seat belt usage in passenger vehicles saved almost 15,000 lives in 2017.
If you are riding in an automobile, it is not only your safest option to wear a seat belt, it is illegal not to.
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Seat belts significantly reduce the injuries car accident victims sustain. If you were in a wreck, a car accident attorney may be able to help you get financial compensation for your losses.