Washington State Law (RCW 46.61.688) requires
Washington drivers can be pulled over
- Every person 16 years or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle shall wear the safety belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner.
- No person may operate a motor vehicle unless
all children passengers under the age 16 are either wearing a safety
belt or are securely fastened in an approved child restraint device.
for not wearing their seat-belt. Our 2002 State law allows law enforcement to issue a seat
belt ticket when there was no citable offense.
- People are just as likely to be killed or injured in the back seat if they are not wearing a seat-belt, as they are in the front seat.
- Seat belts save lives. Seat belt laws save lives. When you enforce seat belt laws, they even save more lives.
- In 2013, 55% of passengers killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. Only 28 states require people in the back seat to buckle up.
- Older vehicles do not have side air bags for protection. The only protection for those passengers is a seat-belt.
Unbuckled Rear Passengers put lives in danger.
The Dept. of Transportation data shows that
School Bus Seat-belts
- More than 1 in 5 back seat driver passengers do not buckle up. In a taxi cab, the numbers are much worse.
- People who are not wearing their seat belts are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle in a crash.
- In fatal accidents where people are ejected, 3 out of 4 times, those people die.
- Research suggests that states with strict seat-belt laws drop the number of deaths by 17%.
- The NYC Taxi Commission found in 2014 that only 38% of cab riders wore seat belts.
(Source) "Seat Belts," reporter Kris Van Cleave, CBS This Morning News, June 24, 2015)
- As many as 8,000 children are hurt every year in school bus accidents. From 2003 - 2012, 174 children in the U.S. died in crashes involving school buses: 55 were school bus passengers, and 119 were pedestrians.
NHTSA now calls for every child to have a seat-belt on a school bus; however, they are not requiring seat-belts on the buses. Only 6 states require seat belts on school buses; but Washington is not one of them.
"...seat belts save lives. That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus...Is this a change in position? Yes...school buses should have seat-belts. Period," stated Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator. (Source: "Time to Buckle Up. NHTSA Chief: School buses should have seat belts," CBS Morning and Evening News, November 9, 2015)