Buckle up for safety: Understanding Georgia's seat belt law

Buckle up for safety: Understanding Georgia's seat belt law

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Seat belts can keep you and your kids safe if you're involved in a crash, and Georgia is one of 33 states where you can be pulled over for not having it on.  For some, it's second nature to buckle up.  But far too often, we hear of wrecks where a seat belt could have saved someone's life.

Harris Blackwood of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety says authorities are finding that of the crashes that happen after 6 p.m., half of the people involved are not buckled up.  So, patrols are increasing at night, and they're focused on men between the ages of 18 and 34.

It's also critically important to make sure the little ones are buckling up.  Last month, a 7-year-old boy was killed and three other kids were ejected from a vehicle that rolled over on Interstate 20 in Douglas County.  Officers believe the kids weren't in safety seats.

In Georgia, kids 8 and under must be in the proper child passenger safety seat.  There are concerns at the state level that parents are rewarding kids by taking them out of their safety seats.  

For adults, only the front passenger must be buckled up, which is surprising to some.  The state says overall, Georgia has good numbers when it comes to seat belt usage. Some say the fine for being caught without one is a joke though.  It's only $15.  It's $50 if you're caught with a child out of their safety seat.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Recipes: A healthy take on Southern favorites

    Recipes: A healthy take on Southern favorites

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:53:30 GMT
    We challenged chef Curtis Aikens to lighten up two Southern classics, starting with sweet potato pie.Which usually involves a couple of sticks of butter, loads of sugar and buttermilk.
    We challenged chef Curtis Aikens to lighten up two Southern classics, starting with sweet potato pie.Which usually involves a couple of sticks of butter, loads of sugar and buttermilk.
  • FOX Comedies Return To Tuesday Night

    FOX Comedies Return To Tuesday Night

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:36:32 GMT
     Two of the hottest comedies on FOX return Tuesday night, so get ready for some new laughs with old friends!   First up, "New Girl" is
    Two of the hottest comedies on FOX return Tuesday night, so get ready for some new laughs with old friends! First up, "New Girl" is back for a fourth season, and cast members say expect a bit of a "reboot" of the series. What does that mean? Star H
  • Get Ready To "Rock" At Johns Creek Music School

    Get Ready To "Rock" At Johns Creek Music School

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:01:43 GMT
    It's a unique music school where kids jam out to The Beatles and Green Day, and learning to play an instrument also means learning to play with others.
     It's a unique music school where kids jam out to The Beatles and Green Day, and learning to play an instrument also means learning to play with others. There are nearly 150 School of Rock locations around the world, and now there's one in Johns Creek.
  • Katie Beasley's storiesMore>>

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Study: Fewer teens getting their driver's license

    Study: Fewer teens getting their driver's license

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:48:27 GMT
    Fewer teenage drivers are eager to get behind the wheel. AAA's research shows less than half of teenagers are getting their license in the first year they're eligible.
    Fewer teenage drivers are eager to get behind the wheel. AAA's research shows less than half of teenagers are getting their license in the first year they're eligible.
  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:16:27 GMT
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:18:04 GMT
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices