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  • "Animations, voices, helpful tips and hints"
    - K. Laberge, Lake Jackson, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,919)
  • "They were all very helpful and the videos weren't too long"
    - K. Runnels, San Marcos, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,920)
  • "The videos were all very helpful and not long"
    - K. Runnels, San Marcos, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,921)
  • "The humor that mixed in while learning."
    - J. Riffe, Houston, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,922)
  • "Can pause and start so can focus on it through the day"
    - L. Ross, Corpus Christi, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,923)
  • "Various actors not the same old boring person."
    - C. Perez, Houston, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,924)
  • "Kids in car section also addresses pets too"
    - J. Jimenez, Houston, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,925)
  • "That the kids in car section included pets"
    - J. Jimenez, Houston, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,926)
  • "Didn't feel like a task. the jokes made good relief!"
    - A. Maldonado, Temple, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,927)
  • "Being able to stop and then return back later"
    - A. Philips, Stephenville, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,928)
  • "The last section was very informative"
    - M. Butto, Houston, TX
    August 19, 2017 (Student # 3,511,929)
  • "The characters weren't boring"
    - D. Porter, Santa Fe, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,930)
  • "That is was entertaining."
    - J. Lozano, Mckinney, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,931)
  • "The cute guy at the end explaining the process in receiving my certificate"
    - R. Gallegos, Katy, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,932)
  • "Increase in awareness of safety and hazards in driving"
    - J. Holman, College Station, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,933)
  • "It included information that i did not know."
    - B. Lee, San Antonio, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,934)
  • "That i could mute the tab and ignore it"
    - T. King, Krum, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,935)
  • "I could listen to it while i was doing other stuff"
    - R. Neilson, Roundrock, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,936)
  • "I like the short videos. makes the class go by faster"
    - K. Gabriel, Allen, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,937)
  • "The videos, they were hilarious."
    - M. Phan, Houston, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,938)
  • "Entertaining, funny if you catch it. the tractor truck section."
    - J. Jordan, Mesquite, TX
    August 18, 2017 (Student # 3,511,939)

Texas Seat Belt Laws

We all know how important it is to wear a seat belt while driving. It can help you avoid serious injury when you’re involved in a car accident and, in the state of Texas, it’s mandatory to wear a seat belt if you’re the driver or passenger of a car.   The Texas law that outlines seat belt use is Sec. 545.413 of the Transportation Code. This law states that:  

  • It is illegal for anyone to ride in the front seat of a car without having their seat belt fastened
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 17 to ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt
  • Adults are permitted to use their discretion when they’re a passenger in the back, but a seat belt is always recommended
  • Children, depending on their size, are either required to wear a seat belt or sit in a child safety seat
  • The driver of the car is responsible for making sure all passengers are secured according to Texas law

The fine for breaking one of the regulations above can range from $25 to $200, not including court costs.

 

Data on Seat Belt Use in Texas

From 2007 to 2014, the percent of drivers and passengers wearing seat belts fluctuated in Texas. Below is the data for each year:  

  • 2007: 91.8%
  • 2008: 91.2% (0.6% decrease)
  • 2009: 92.9% (1.7% increase)
  • 2010: 93.8% (0.9% increase)
  • 2011: 93.7% (0.1% decrease)
  • 2012: 94.0% (0.3% increase)
  • 2013: 90.3% (3.7% decrease)
  • 2014: 90.7% (0.4% increase)

The percentage has both decreased and increased during this time period, sometimes drastically so. Compared to other states’ data over the same time frame, Texas boasts some of the highest rates of seat belt users. The nationwide seat belt use rate was 87% in 2014, which Texas was well above during all eight years reported.

 

The Importance of the Seat Belt

While wearing a seat belt can help you avoid a ticket, more importantly, it can save your life. When you’re the driver of a car, it’s your responsibility to ensure that each passenger is properly secured, just as it’s your responsibility to drive as safely as possible to protect them.

 

If you have received a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, or if you want to strengthen your defensive driving skills, consider enrolling in our defensive driving course. The classes can be completed in person or online, and they can help you follow court orders, reinforce important driving skills, and even decrease your insurance rate premiums.

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