With Thanksgiving just a few days away, and nearly everyone traveling at least some distance to gather with friends and family, it is a great time remind everyone you care about to buckle up this holiday season.
The importance of wearing your seat belt should not be taken lightly. Even if you are just running a short errand, or going only a few miles, a seat belt should always be fastened.
In fact, 80% of all traffic fatalities occur within twenty five miles of home and at speeds under 40 miles per hour. Safety belts can prevent death in nearly half of the 40,000 auto accident fatalities each year.
The seat belt law in South Carolina:
- A police officer can stop a driver if the officer has a clear and unobstructed view of the driver or an occupant of the vehicle not wearing a seat belt.
- A police officer can stop a driver if the officer has a clear and unobstructed view of a child that is not properly secured in a child restraint system.
- Drivers stopped for violating the seat belt law may be fined $25 per person up to $50 per vehicle.
- The driver is responsible for making sure all children and occupants under the age of 17 without a driver's license, have their seat belt fastened.