Buckle-Up Campaign

The Port Orange Police Department actively participates in the Buckle-Up  America campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety  Administration.

The excerpt below was taken from the publication Standard Enforcement  Saves Lives: The Case for Strong Seat Belt Laws issued by NHTSA.

 It's a fact:  On America's roads, someone is killed  every 13 minutes and someone is injured every nine seconds in traffic  crashes. It takes only a few seconds to fasten a seat belt. Yet this  simple action, repeated every time you get into a motor vehicle, may be  the most significant driving-related behavior change you can make to  extend your life. The "buckle up" habit dramatically increases your  chance of surviving a crash. It's your best weapon against a drunk,  tired or aggressive driver.    

Despite recent advances-safer highway design, new auto safety  devices, reductions in impaired driving and improves seat belt use  rates-traffic crashes are still the leading cause of unintentional death  in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, only  diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke kill more people than do  motor vehicles. Each year, approximately 42,000 Americans die in traffic  crashes and another three million are injured. Sadly, many of these  deaths and injuries could have bee prevented if the victims had been  wearing seat belts or were properly restrained in child safety seats.

Over the past decade, highway fatalities and injuries have  declined. One vital reason for this decline is that more motorists are  wearing their seat belts. Research has found that lap/shoulder belts,  when used properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat  passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of  moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent (for occupants of light  trucks, 60 percent and 65 percent, respectively).

Most of those who die in motor vehicle crashes are vehicle  occupants (less than a quarter are motorcyclists, bicyclists and  pedestrians). Seat belts, air bags and child safety seats all have been  designed to protect drivers and passengers from injury during a crash.  We know they save lives when used correctly, but the seat belt use rate  in America is only 69 percent.

Florida Safety Belt Law
      F.S. 316.613 - Child restraint requirements: Every  operator of a motor vehicle as defined herein, while transporting a  child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways  of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide  for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally  approved child restrain device. For children aged through 3 years, such  restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer's  integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate  carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used.

F.S. 316.614 - Safety belt usage: It is unlawful  for any person to operate a motor vehicle in this state unless each  passenger of the vehicle under the age of 18 years is restrained by a  safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to s. 316.613, if  applicable, or to operate a motor vehicle in this state unless the  person is restrained by a safety belt. It is unlawful for any person 18  years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor  vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the  vehicle is in motion.