Study: 4 out of 5 backseat riders don't wear seat belts

Date Posted: 08/04/2017

Categories: News, Traffic Tickets, California Highway Patrol, California DMV, California Drivers

Click it or ticket. We've all heard the slogan before, but a recent study seems to suggest some people do not use their seat belt, specifically in the back seat.

A study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that four out of five people surveyed admitted to not using seat belts in the back seat while on short trips or on ride-sharing and taxi rides.

The survey also revealed that many back seat passengers perceive the back safer than the front seat, which is why they think seat belts are not necessary.

Almost 40 percent of the people surveyed said they don't buckle up in the back sometimes because there is no law requiring it in many states, like Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota and others.

In California, however, using properly functioning seat belts in the front and back seats of a motor vehicle is required.