It was the mid 1960's when seat belts became a top of mind topic for vehicle safety.
Before this time, very few vehicles had seat belts and using them was merely an option.
Today we know that wearing a safety belt is one of our best protections in a car crash. We have documented enough data over the past 50 years to know that seat belts in general do save lives.
It was in 1966 when American vehicles were required to have seat belts installed. It was not a law that you had to wear them but manufacturers had to install them into their vehicles. Also, that same year when a 1966 episode of the popular TV show Batman aired, Batman lectured Robin on wearing his seat belt. Although controversial, the producers of the hit TV show Batman thought it would be a good public service message incorporated into one of the episodes.
The seat belt was invented by George Cayley, an English engineer in the late 1800’s. George Cayley created these seat belts to help keep pilots inside their gliders. The first patented seat belt was created by an American named Edward J. Claghorn on February 10, 1885. Claghorn's goal was to keep tourists safe in taxis in New York City. Over time, the seat belt slowly starting showing up in manufacture's cars to help passengers and drivers stay put inside their vehicles.
In the U.S., seat belt laws came around the time of the creation of The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. In 1968 it was required that all vehicles except busses be fitted with seat belts.
The National Ad Council ran countless ads for 25 plus years encouraging drivers to “Buckle Up.” States slowly starting implementing laws and by 1995, every state except New Hampshire had “Click it or ticket” laws. Currently, all states have a seat belt enforcing law.
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