Sarasota Deputies Issue Hundreds of Tickets During Seatbelt Crack Down

by Carmen Dellutri on June 29, 2011

Sarasota car accident lawyerOf the 23,382 vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009, 53 percent were not wearing seat belts. Yet, many Florida drivers still don’t strap in before getting behind the wheel.

Under Florida’s new seatbelt law, which went into effect on June 30, 2009, Florida motorists can now be stopped and ticketed solely for not wearing seat belts in the front seat. During a recent two-week campaign to enforce this law, Sarasota County sheriff's deputies wrote 681 citations for drivers caught not wearing seatbelts. These drivers will be required to pay a $30 fine.

If you still don’t regularly wear your seatbelt, please consider the following statistics:

  • 80% of all death to children in a motor vehicle accident could be prevented by properly securing the safety harnesses and seatbelts. (James Madison University)
  • As many as 17,000 people could be saved every year by wearing a seatbelt. (James Madison University)
  • For survivors, average medical costs are 50% higher for those not wearing a seatbelt. (
  • Of the 32,598 passengers killed in 2002 as the result of an automobile crash, almost 60% were not wearing seatbelts. (Naval Safety Center)
  • Only 1% of passengers who were restrained were ejected from car seats during a car crash. Of those ejected (restrained and unrestrained), 73% were killed. (Naval Safety Center)

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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