On August 8, a new law
will go into effect requiring passengers in commercial trucks to wear seat belts. Previously, only the driver was required to wear a seatbelt. This change comes after National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics revealed that 37 unbuckled passengers in commercial trucks died in crashes in 2014. One-third were ejected from the truck cab, according to NHTSA data.
“Seat belts save lives – period,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Whether you’re a driver or passenger, in a personal vehicle or large truck, the simple act of wearing a safety belt significantly reduces the risk of fatality in a crash.” A 2014 FMCSA survey, Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers Survey,
found that CMV passengers used seatbelts 73% of the time, while CMV drivers were buckled in 84% of the time.
This new regulation goes into effect on August 8. Be sure drivers and passengers are informed of and follow the new law to help keep everybody safe while on the road.