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Florida Mandatory Seat Belt Laws

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State of Florida Seat Belt Laws

In a car crash you are much more likely to be killed if you are not wearing a seat belt. That is why Florida has seat belt laws. The law states that the front seat passengers must wear seat belts. This law applies to any car manufactured since 1968. in addition, all passengers under 18 years old must wear a seat belt or be otherwise restrained by a child car seat. It is against the law to operate a vehicle if all the passengers do not meet these standards.

The cost for a seatbelt violation is $30. Below is a summary of the Florida seat belt law. For a child that is not properly restrained the violation is $60.

Summary of Mandatory Seat Belt Laws

Seat belt laws apply to all cars, pickup trucks, and vans operated on Florida roads.

All passengers in the front seat must wear a seat belt.

All passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt


Florida Child Restraint Requirements

Children 3 and younger must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat.

Children 4 through 5 must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt.

The Driver is responsible for buckling up the child.


Why is it Important to Wear a Safety Belt?

Seat belts protect you from being thrown from a vehicle. If you are thrown from a vehicle your risk of death is five times greater.

By securing you in your seat, a seat belt protects you from being thrown into other people in the car and parts of your car. In addition, seat belts keep the driver in their seat so they can control the car.

Always Wear your Safety Belt

The Florida safety belt laws apply at all times. Regardless if you are on a short trip in your neighborhood or driving hundreds of miles on the turnpike - always wear your seat belt.

Full details of the Florida Safety Belt law can be found in the Florida drivers manual.

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The Rootes Group (Hillman, Singer, Sunbeam, and Humber) was a reasonably successful fringe player in the early foreign car movement in the U.S. They played it exceedingly safe with small sedans like the Hillman Minx and the rather soft but pleasant Sunbeam Alpine sports car. The Alpine consistently sold well in the U.S., but Rootes management was looking for something more exciting to appeal to the burgeoning American youth and performance market.

The Shelby Cobra of 1962 was the inspiration for the Sunbeam Tiger, and Rootes West Coast Director Ian Garrad was quick to grasp the significance. At his direction, two prototypes were constructed using Alpine shells, one by Carroll Shelby and the other by Ken Miles. After a test drive by Lord Rootes himself, the project was given official blessing with Jensen Motors in West Bromwich, England, assembling the cars.

Unlike the Cobra, the Tiger used a low-horsepower, 164-hp version of the Ford 260-c.i. small-block engine, and performance was relatively mild (although in an entirely different league from the Alpine). It was enough to stress the chassis and braking of the Alpine, though. Stock Tigers (which are few and far between) are best driven at something less than 10/10s.

A mild refresh occurred after Sunbeam built 3,700 cars, with squarer doors, a vinyl convertible boot, and added cabin ventilation. These cars are now known as Tiger Mk IAs, and just over 2,700 were built.

Chrysler’s purchase of Rootes spelled the end for the Tiger. The notion of having to back an engine built by rival Ford was just too much and no Chrysler V-8 would fit the tight confines of the Alpine’s engine compartment without an extensive re-design. Before the ax fell, however, the most exciting Tiger was released for 1967. The Mk II at last had Ford’s 289-c.i. V-8 and a few stylistic differences from the Alpine in the form of unique headlight trim, an egg-crate grille, and lower body striping. Fewer than 800 Tiger IIs were built, making them the most desirable of the line, after the ill-fated Le Mans cars.

Tigers remain both charismatic and undervalued collector cars. Ford mechanicals make them robust and easy to maintain and modern fixes for things like marginal cooling and braking are plentiful, which brings to mind the dearth of stock examples. Hard tops and LAT/Shelby options like magnesium wheels are desirable. Boss 302 transplants, fender flares, and hood scoops are not. Fakes made from Alpine Vs are out there as well (known as Algers and Tipines). Check to make sure the car that you’re interested in is on the Tiger Register.

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Who can I rent from? Many well-known car-hire brands have offices throughout Spain such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Alamo. If you’re an AA Member you can save up to 10% off pre-paid car-hire with Hertz.

What about tolls? Spain has a large number of tolls dotted throughout the country – inconvenient at times, but these roads enable easier access than their alternatives. You can view a list of toll prices in Spain here.

Is there anything else I should know? Hire cars are often targeted in service areas or tricked in to stopping on the hard shoulder by the occupant of a passing vehicle. They will gesture that something is wrong with the vehicle, so lock all doors and keep bags out of sight. The number of thefts by bogus policemen has increased in Madrid and Catalonia. It’s also worth remembering to bring the same credit card to the rental check-in desk that you initially booked with.

Fuel Prices
Unleaded: €1.25 – Diesel: €1.17

Advice from AA spokesman Conor Faughnan: “More Irish people drive abroad in Spain than anywhere else so lots of people have had the experience. The Spanish have spent hugely on their roads and the motorway network is excellent but it can be scary.

We are spoilt in Ireland because our motorways are new and feel comfortable in terms of lane widths and hard shoulders, compared to Spain especially. I saw a truck driver trying to change a wheel near Barcelona a year or so ago on a hard shoulder that was only half the width of his vehicle.

What you do find though, are plentiful good quality service areas (National Roads Authority please take note).

Spanish motorways are a good deal cheaper than France but they too are sprinkled with toll booths. Often the toll itself is set according to by-laws or converted from old peseta or franc denominations. Hence, you get utterly stupid charges like €2.56 that have tourists wrestling for small coins.

The Spanish have got their act together more recently in terms of enforcement. If you haven’t been in a while, you might be tempted to treat their speed-camera signs as just roadside decoration. A mistake – Spanish, French and Italian authorities can and do pursue you, and you will get an unpleasant demand in the post weeks later for anywhere between €45 and €80.

Especially in tourist areas, park carefully. It’s not just bag-snatchers – many parts of Spain are notorious for cars with dents and scratches.

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