A NEW law, taking effect in less than 24 hours, will slap unsuspecting drivers with a hefty fine.
A new seat belt law comes into effect on August 1 and drivers need to be aware of it to avoid penalties.
North Dakota enacts a basic seat belt law requiring everyone to wear a seat belt in a car. Failure to do so will result in a $20 fine.
This has caused controversy in the legislature, as it has become a frequent dispute over whether this law infringes on residents’ personal liberties.
Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben, who supported the legislation, believes it’s a step in the right direction.
“One of the arguments is that people always say we should have a personal choice, but we regulate a lot of things in our society and that’s just part of living in a modern society. Will there be rules and seat belts have proven their worth? “It’s always the only thing people can do to make a difference in an accident,” Leben told Bismark’s KFYR-TV.
The Vision Zero initiative hopes to reduce the number of fatalities caused by car accidents by focusing on driving safety methods such as the use of seat belts.
Prior to this new law, North Dakota had a secondary seat belt law for people sitting in the front seat.
This meant officers could only report people who were not wearing their seat belts if it was a primary traffic violation. It only counted as a primary enforcement when a minor was not wearing a seat belt.
Those affected by this rule will be surprised to learn that the seat belt can save your life in more ways than one.
A car expert on Tiktok (@chequanlaosi) explained the countless ways people can use seat belts, The US Sun previously reported.
In the video, he explains: “If the car breaks down, first unbuckle the seat belt, close the door, and then hang on your shoulder so you can direct the direction with one hand.”
“And then you push the car with your whole body.”
He also pointed out that the seat belt could help buyers avoid buying a water damaged car.
He continued, “Second, when buying a car, you have to pull the seat belt all the way down to avoid buying a flooded car.”
“Look at the underside of the seat belt. If there’s mud or a musty smell there, it’s probably a water-bubbled car.”
The car expert also recommends checking the seat belt label before making a purchase. The car you bought may have been in an accident if the car’s production date is earlier than the date shown on the seat belt tag.
Eventually, when you are involved in a car accident and are trapped in the car, the Tiktoker told his followers to use the metal end to smash the window to escape.