Studies show seat belts do save lives and reduce injury during crashes.
Seat belts work with airbags to protect occupants. Airbags alone are not enough to safeguard occupants.
More than 2,000 unbuckled drivers and front-seat passengers died on New Jersey's roadways in the past 10 years.
Approximately 700 unbuckled drivers and front-seat passengers were thrown out of their vehicles during crashes and killed in the past 10 years.
Safety belts improve your chances of surviving a crash by 60%. Most crashes occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds under 40 miles per hour.
New Jersey's Seat Belt Law
39:3-76.2f. Seat belt usage requirements; driver's responsibility.
Applies to all passenger vehicles including vans, pickup trucks and SUVs, that are required to be equipped with seat belts.
All occupants are required to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt system, when operated on a street or highway.
Children less that 8 years of age and weighing less than 80 pounds are required to be secured in a child passenger restraining system or booster seat (see more information under Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection).
If you are stopped for a violation and you and/or the front seat occupant is observed to be unbelted, you can receive a summons with a fine of $46 (for the first offense).
Those riding in passenger autos manufactured before July 1, 1966.
Those riding in passenger autos that don't require safety belts under federal law.
Those with physical or medical reasons verified in writing by a licensed physician.