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Florida Police in Broward County, Palm Beach County, & Miami-Date County Take Part in “Staying Alive on 95 & Florida Roadways” Blitz Promoting New Seat Belt Law

For 48-hours, police in Florida are taking part in an aggressive campaign to promote seat belt use. Until Thursday night, over 300 police officers from Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County will look to apprehend any driver for not wearing a seat belt and consider this a primary offense. No other infractions are required in order for the driver to get written up. Palm Beach County’s seat belt violation fine is $101, Miami Dade County’s fine is $114, and Broward County’s fine is $115. The state and counties also impose additional fees. The 2-day seat belt campaign, called "Staying Alive on 95 & Florida Roadways,” kicked off on Tuesday when the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law went into effect. The law, named after two teens that were not wearing seat belts when they were killed in Florida car crashes, lets police pull motorists over just because they aren’t wearing seat belts. The Florida Highway Patrol says the new law is expected to prevent 6,200 serious auto accident injuries and save 262 lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Florida motorists had a 79% safety belt compliance rating for 2007. Nationally, in 2008, the NHTSA reported seat belt use at 83%—an increase from 2007 when 82% of US motorists wore seat belts. In May, the US Department of Transportation reported that if seat belt use in every US state was at 90%, 22,372 serious injuries and 1,652 deaths could be prevented every year. Florida Car Accident Lawsuits Regardless of whether or not you were using a seat belt, you could be entitled to receive Florida car accident compensation if your injuries occurred because another motorist or another party was negligent. If you were injured in a motor vehicle crash in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County because the seat belt you were using was defective or malfunctioned, you may be able to file a Florida products liability claim against the vehicle maker or the seat belt manufacturer. Examples of sea belt defects that may be grounds for a defective seat belt lawsuit: • Inertial unlatching • Defective webbing • Too much seat belt slack • Seat belt retractor defects • Seat belt failure • Poor seat belt design or placement • Seat belt system failure Law enforcement plans 48-hour seat belt blitz, Sun-Sentinel.com, June 30, 2009 Related Web Resources: The Dori Slosberg Foundation Florida Highway Patrol Contact our Miami-Dade County car crash lawyers to discuss your case.

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