Have you ever been annoyed by the constant reminder of beeping in your vehicle telling you to put on your seatbelt? Has this audible reminder ever been so overpowering that it actually forced you to put on your seatbelt just to silence it? According to recent studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you are not alone.
In the 1970s, seatbelt indicators were introduced to the market. This safety equipment was met with serious negativity in the marketplace. Originally, the proposal was to require all vehicles without airbags to not start unless the seatbelt was locked into place.
Criticism to this safety equipment was overwhelming causing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to eliminate the idea. In addition, Congress passed a bill that banned the NHTSA from requiring the safety equipment.
Recent studies show that attitudes have shifted over the past few decades. A recent survey from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reveals attitudes toward seatbelts. Here are some of the results:
- Nearly 91% of surveyed drivers say they always wear their seatbelts.
- Less than 1% said that they did not wear their seatbelts while driving.
- Almost 50% of drivers said that they are more likely to buckle up when there is an audible reminder telling them that their seatbelt is not fastened.
These new attitudes toward seatbelts can help prevent injuries in an Orlando accident. As an Orlando personal injury law firm, we see first hand the benefit to wearing seatbelts.