Seat Belt Safety: Saving Lives and Preventing Injuries in South Carolina
Seat belts work. In fact, they are the most critical lifesaving feature on any car.
You should always wear a lap belt and shoulder restraint in a motor vehicle, no matter where you sit in the vehicle. South Carolina’s safety belt law requires that every driver and every occupant of a motor vehicle wears a fastened safety belt on public streets and highways.
Lap belts and shoulder restraints are the single most effective safety device for preventing death and injury in a car accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. In 2012 alone, seat belts saved 12,174 lives. From 2009 to 2014, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved nearly 63,000 lives, according to NHTSA.