In hopes of saving lives, the Florida Highway Patrol, and police officers nationally, are about to begin their annual “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement effort. As personal injury lawyers who help victims of deadly car accidents throughout Florida, including Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and the Florida Keys, we applaud law enforcements efforts to be on the lookout for drivers and passengers who fail to protect themselves by not wearing seat belts.
Florida mandates that anyone in the front seat of a car or truck must wear their seat belt,and that everyone younger than eighteen, even if seated in a rear seat, must use their seat-belt. Considering the NHTSA estimates that seat belts safe more than 12,000 lives annually, the proof is in the pudding; seat belts save lives.
While no one wants to receive a ticket, which in Florida is a non-moving violation; the lesson learned from receiving a ticket is certainly better than the one learned by being involved in a crash without using a seat belt.