The seat belt, or then known as the “safety belt” has come a long way since its first patent in 1885. Seventy years later, the three-point seat belt as we know it today was developed by Volvo. Exactly one
century after the first patent, Texas introduced its seat belt law. Since these developments, it has been proven that seat belts can save lives in a collision and the law has been amended to reduce the injury and fatality rates in car accidents.
Seat Belt Statistics
Seven years after the seat belt law went into effect in Texas, the “Click It or Ticket” campaign was launched. At that time, only about 76 percent of Texans buckled up. Today, approximately 93 percent of Texans are properly restrained in a vehicle, but there are still many Texans who fail to buckle up.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 216 of the 467 pickup truck drivers killed in a car accident in 2015 were not wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt improves survival in a vehicle crash by 45 percent and by 60 percent in a pickup truck, because of the increased odds of a rollover in a truck.
The Law in Texas
Since the law was established in 1985, it was amended in 2010 to require all passengers in a vehicle, regardless of age or location of the seat, to be secured by a seat belt. Prior to the amendment, only the driver and any passengers in the front seat had to wear a seat belt.
There are also specific laws relating to children and the use of car seats for infants and booster seats for young children. If you have an infant or young child riding with you in a vehicle at any time, you must read the state laws before heading out on the road.
At ProCare Collision, an auto body shop, we hope everyone is properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle, whether it is to travel down the road or to travel across Texas. Accidents happen and we want everyone in our community to walk away unharmed.