Seatbelts can save lives if we choose to obey the law

Experts warn that your air bags do not take the place of your seat belt

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a fact. Seatbelts save lives but not everyone believes you should be forced to wear one. 34 states have primary seat belt laws for front seat passengers. That’s up from 2010 when only 24 states had that law. Though the focus on driver safety doesn’t always translate into people obeying the law.

Massachusetts is one of only 15 states that does not have a primary seat belt law. That means that you can’t be pulled over and ticketed strictly for not wearing your seatbelt.

However, if you have a taillight out or have been pulled over for another traffic violation, you can be fined for the seat belt violation too. One person admitted he doesn’t always obey the click it or ticket slogan.

Gary Stansfield, of Winchester told 22News, “I usually do, sometimes I’m just feeling bad and I want to resist authority so I don’t put it on. But then it usually makes so much noise that I just end up clipping it in anyway.”

Gill Truslow, of Keene, New Hampshire said, “I always wear it. It’s particularly important since I had children because my life is precious, as is theirs.”

A recent crash on the Masspike in Bladford ejected two people from their vehicle and one was killed. They were not wearing their seatbelts. Experts warn that your air bags do not take the place of your seat belt.

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