Florida Virtual School Drivers Education - HTML Version Module: Critical Vehicle Systems Topic: Safety EquipmentSection: SEAT BELTS Seat beltsare defined as active restraints because they work ONLY if you are wearing them. The driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts. Laws regarding seat belts apply to cars manufactured from 1968 on and trucks manufactured from 1972 to the present.Drivers are responsible for all passengers under 18 years of age. It is against the law to operate a vehicle unless every passenger is restrained with a seat belt or child restraint seat. If a passenger over the age of 18 fails to wear a seat belt, he or she will be charged with the violation.According to the Florida Driver Handbook, the only exceptions to the seat belt law are:Any person certified by a physician as having a medical condition that makes seat belt use inappropriate or dangerousDrivers delivering newspapersSchool busesBuses used for transportation of persons for compensationFarm equipment Trucks with a net weight of more than 26,000 poundsMotorcycle, moped, or bicycle operators Section: MYTHS ABOUT SEAT BELTS Myth: Seat belts can trap you inside a car.Fact: It actually takes less than a second to take off a seat belt. This myth is due to the common fear of being trapped in a car that catches on fire or sinks in deep water. However, a seat belt may keep you from being knocked out in a collision, and your chances of escape will definitely improve if you are conscious.
Myth: Seat belts are good on long trips, but I don't need them if I'm driving around town.Fact: Half of all traffic deaths happen within 25 miles of home. Don't take chances with your life or the lives of your passengers. Buckle up every time you drive.Myth: Some people are thrown clear in a collision and walk away with hardly a scratch.Fact: Your chances of surviving a collision are five times better if you stay inside the car. A seat belt can keep you from being thrown out into the path of another car.Myth: I'm only going to the store. My little brother or sister doesn't need a child's car seat, anyway. It's too much of a hassle.Fact: Car collisions are the number one preventable cause of death for children. Buckle them up in an approved safety seat. It's worth it, and the law requires that you do.