Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Buckle Up, Collier! Seat Belt Campaign Underway

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement agencies around Florida in reminding motorists to buckle their seat belts.

The second Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign of 2016 is underway across the state. The campaign began Tuesday, March 1, and ends March 14.

Deputies will be out enforcing seat belt usage and child restraint laws. 

Florida law requires drivers and passengers to fasten safety belts and/or child restraints.
The law applies to all cars, pickups and vans.

 All passengers in the front seat must wear a seat belt. All passengers younger than 18 must wear a seat belt.

Exceptions to the law are: mail carriers, trash haulers, newspaper carriers, individuals with a physician’s note, individuals in the rear portion of a recreational vehicle.

In Florida, children 3 and younger must be secured in a federally approved child restraint seat. Children ages 4 and 5 must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt. The driver is responsible for buckling up a child.  

Florida has had a safety belt law since 1986, but law enforcement could only ticket unbuckled drivers when officers stopped them for other violations. The recent primary law allows law enforcement to stop motorists to for not wearing seat belts.