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Florida Considering Expanding Seatbelt Law to the Backseat

October 06, 2019

FL- writes that a new law is being proposed in Florida. The law would require passengers traveling in the back of vehicles to use their seatbelts. Currently, Florida has a seatbelt law that requires those traveling in the front of a vehicle to use their seatbelts and requires children to use seatbelts even in the back of vehicles, but that as of now, adults are legally permitted to sit in the back of a vehicle without using a seatbelt.*

In response to the proposed law, many Floridians were surprised that it was still legal for adults to forego the use of their seatbelt in the back of a vehicle. Most states already require seatbelt use regardless of a person’s placement in a vehicle. 

The law was drafted by the same lawmaker who pushed to enact a law making it illegal in the state to text and drive. Texting and driving can be nearly as hazardous on the road as drunk drivers, and most states have now moved to make this irresponsible and dangerous activity against the law.

Beefing up traffic safety laws makes sense because of the high number of people in the United States who are still being killed in traffic accidents each year. The annual death toll of car crashes is in the tens of thousands. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the best things a person can do to reduce the likelihood of being killed in a car accident. Most people across the country have realized the importance of using a seatbelt, and now it is a small minority of drivers and passengers who choose to risk their lives by not taking a second to buckle up.

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