Buckle Up and Learn About the Pros and Cons of Wearing a Seatbelt

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DoNotPay Explains the Pros and Cons of Wearing a Seatbelt

Uncomfy for some, but a lifesaver for many—a seatbelt is a safety essential and a requirement in most states. Unfortunately, many drivers and passengers choose not to wear a seatbelt despite being required by law, so they face consequences, such as fines and demerit points on their driving records.

Are you struggling to decide whether not wearing a seatbelt is worth the trouble? This guide will walk you through the pros and cons of wearing a seatbelt so you can better understand the importance of doing so.

Should Not Wearing a Seatbelt Be Illegal? Pros and Cons Explained

Your opinion on whether not wearing a seatbelt should be illegal depends on your perspective on the situation. The law’s opinion is that not wearing a seatbelt is not a moving violation in most states. Most drivers who don’t wear a seatbelt think they’re choosing to endanger themselves and not others. The truth is, if you don’t wear a seatbelt and get involved in a high-speed collision, you can get projected out of the vehicle—possibly through the windshield—and endanger other people and children in the vehicle you collided with.

The goal of seatbelt laws isn’t to put you through the discomfort of wearing a seatbelt but to make traffic safer for all participants. Did you know that the costs of seatbelt tickets in particular states depend on the annual number of fatal car crashes in that state? For example, a seatbelt ticket in Texas—counting over 3,000 fatal traffic accidents every year—can cost you $200.

Pros and Cons of Wearing a Seatbelt

Check the table below to learn about the pros and cons of wearing a seatbelt:

  1. Works well with the airbag to keep you safe in case of an accident
  2. Prevents you from getting a ticket or demerit points on your record
  3. Is easy to put on
  4. Lowers your insurance rate because wearing your seatbelt puts you in the safe driver category
  5. Turns off the annoying beeping sound modern cars make when your seatbelt is off
  1. Can be uncomfortable
  2. Makes it hard to reach for items you might have left in the back seat
  3. Can be too much work to put on if you’re going on a short drive

What Happens if You Fail To Buckle Your Seatbelt?

Do the pros outweigh the cons? There are far more pros to wearing a seatbelt than cons. Unfortunately, despite the obvious effectiveness of seatbelts, many Americans still choose not to buckle theirs. Of all fatal crashes that occur in one year, the driver isn’t wearing a seatbelt in almost 50% of cases. Besides putting you in direct danger, not wearing a seatbelt has other consequences such as:

Can You Appeal a Seatbelt Ticket?

You can try to get your seatbelt ticket dismissed by doing one of the following:

  • Creating reasonable doubt—You can get rid of a seatbelt ticket if you can create a reasonable doubt about the officer not seeing your seatbelt
  • Proving that you performed due diligence—Due diligence is hard to prove, but if you can successfully convince the court that you did all that was in your power to fasten your seatbelt, you can get your ticket dismissed
  • Proving that your seatbelt is broken—The law allows you to repair the seatbelt and provide proof of repairs to get your ticket dismissed

Did you get a seatbelt ticket, failed to pay it before the deadline, and now you have to go to court? Building your defense from scratch can be tricky, but DoNotPay can help! to send a seatbelt ticket appeal letter in a matter of moments!

Appeal Your Pesky Seatbelt Ticket With DoNotPay!

Getting your seatbelt ticket dismissed is often more complicated than it should be, but DoNotPay makes the process more straightforward. Our app generates a personalized seatbelt ticket appeal letter based on the information you provide. The best part of the process is that you don’t have to:

  • Leave your home
  • Hire a lawyer
  • Ask witnesses to testify
  • Build your defense all by yourself
  • Spend substantial amounts of money on court fees and other costs

To get your appeal letter on its way to the authorities:

  1. Search for Seatbelt Ticket
  2. Tell us who got the ticket and what your argument for your case is—for example, whether you want to convince the authorities you had your seatbelt on or a valid reason to take it off
  3. Provide a photo of your seatbelt ticket

Do You Want To Check on Local Seatbelt Laws? DoNotPay Can Help!

Regardless of where you’re from, our knowledge base provides details about seatbelt laws for adults and children in all states, including seatbelt ticket costs. Find your state in the table below:

North CarolinaPennsylvaniaMaryland
New JerseyTennesseeNew York State
Washington StateMissouriColorado
UtahSouth CarolinaMassachusetts
LouisianaIowaWest Virginia
New MexicoMississippiHawaii
NebraskaNew HampshireMaine
DelawareMontanaRhode Island
AlaskaSouth DakotaWyoming
North DakotaDistrict of ColumbiaVermont

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