WARNING: Seat Belt Enforcement this weekend

Posted on May 15, 2015

Mario Massillamany - Partner at Massillamany & Jeter LLP

Mario Massillamany – Partner at Massillamany & Jeter LLP

Police are warning motorists that they will be cracking down on those who do not use seat belts.  The police will being taking part in the “Click It or Ticket It” campaign, which encourages people to buckle up.  This will begin at today and run through the end of the month.  Through this campaign the police will monitor the roads for individuals failing to wear their seat belts as required by law.

According to state troopers, wearing a seatbelt can increase your can increase the chances of surviving an accident by fifty percent.  The Indiana law requires each occupant of a vehicle with a safety belt…must have the safety belt properly fastened at all times when the vehicle is in motion.  Seat belt safety is very important not only because it is the law, but also because it could save you and those travelling with you in an unexpected car accident.

Since Indiana take child safety very seriously, it is especially important that your children are properly restrained properly.  According to Indiana law, a child under the age of 8 must be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat. Indiana law also has requires specific restraints for children of certain ages and weights, and reads accordingly:

  • A child under the age of 1 and less than 20 lbs. must be restrained in a REAR-FACING car seat. State troopers encourage parents to keep their child in rear-facing seats a long as possible.
  • A child at least 1 year old and 20 lbs. may be restrained in a FORWARD-FACING car seat, with an internal harness system.
  • A child at least 30 lbs. may use a BOOSTER seat, however troopers advise parents to keep their children in forward-facing seats until at least 40 lbs.
  • All children under the age of 8 must use a child restraint system (i.e. car seat or booster seat), as specified by the restraint system manufacturer’s instructions.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be restrained by either a seat belt or child restraint system.

Please while travelling make sure that you, as well as those in the vehicle with you have their seat belts fastened, and the child properly restrained, not only is it the law, it can also protect you and your passengers against those other driving who may not be so responsible and could cause personal injury.

If you or a family member are injured in a car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Massillamany & Jeter LLP are dedicated to fighting for you. Every member of our staff, and each of our skilled Indiana personal injury attorneys is eager to assist you.


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