In New Jersey, all passengers must wear a seat belt. Failure to wear a seat belt as a front seat passenger is a primary offense, allowing law enforcement to stop the vehicle if an officer does not see a seat belt being used. For passengers in the back seat, it is a secondary offense for failure to wear a seat belt. Passengers may be cited if the vehicle is stopped for another offense.
If you were caught not wearing a seat belt while driving, or as a passenger, call our team of traffic attorneys today at 732-308-0200, and we’ll be happy to discuss the details of your case as part of our free consultation.
Why You Should Buckle Up
There is unfortunately a great number of careless drivers in the country who believe that wearing seat belts is largely unnecessary. When an accident finally happens to them, it’s always too late.
Here are some good reasons why you should buckle up when going for a drive:
- In New Jersey, an average of 133 unrestrained motor vehicle drivers and passengers are killed in crashes each year.
- Seat belts saved almost 14,000 lives during 2015 in the United States.
- Seat belt use in 2015 reached 88.5 percent, a significant increase from 84 percent in 2011 in the United States.
- More than 1,600 unbuckled motor vehicle occupants died on New Jersey’s roadways in the past 10 years.
Fortunately seat belt use has gone up in the past few years. In 2015, seat belt use reached 88.5 percent, a significant increase from 84 percent in 2011.
Call a Traffic Attorney Near You
Whether you’ve been given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, have accidentally injured a driver who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, or were driving a vehicle with a faulty safe belt, our attorneys are trained to handle all these types of cases and more. We have almost thirty years of experience in defending clients for all sorts of traffic-related injuries. Call our office today at 732-308-0200 for a free consultation on your case.