Years of evidence, studies and research have shown over and over that seat belts save lives. However, there are still people who refuse to wear their seat belts when riding in a vehicle. Some people do not like how constricting it is or they think that the airbag will save them in a crash. Misinformation plays a huge role in people thinking that wearing a seat belt is optional. To ensure that you do not end up with a ticket or worse from not wearing a seat belt, you should know what California law says about wearing one.

The Department of Motor Vehicles explains that state law says everyone in a vehicle should wear a seat belt at all times. Legally, you can get a citation if someone in the front seat or a passenger under the age of 16 years old is not wearing a seat belt. Back seat passengers over the age of 16 are not required by law to wear a seat belt, but it is still recommended.

Wearing a seat belt keeps you in the best position to protect you in a crash. It prevents your body from flying around the cabin or exiting the vehicle. In addition, your seat belt works with the airbags to provide maximum protection. Without a seat belt, the airbag becomes dangerous to you and could cause serious injuries.

Related to seat belt laws are child restraints, which the law requires for all children under eight years old or shorter than four feet nine inches. This information is for education and is not legal advice.