Thirteen years ago in September, the father of the three-point seat belt
died of a heart attack at age 82.
The Swedish engineer began his inventing career developing ejector seats
for Saab aircraft in the early 1950s; he became the Volvo Car Corporation’s
first safety engineer in 1958. It was there he designed a safety harness
that he felt combined safety and comfort. He observed at the time that
“The pilots I worked with in the aerospace industry were willing
to put on almost anything to keep them safe in case of a crash, but regular
people in cars don’t want to be uncomfortable even for a minute.”
The harness was standard equipment in Volvo cars by 1959, and the car
company shared his invention with other automakers for free.
The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates
that Mr. Bohlin’s invention reduced auto crash fatalities by
at least 50 percent.
Non-Point Safety Violations
No seat belt tickets and other safety-related violations have much steeper
fines than they used to have because of
penalty assessments and indirect costs. Moreover, since they are non-moving violations, traffic school is not
an option in most Fresno and Kern County courts and insurance is where
you will probably end up with a hit.
Some of the more common non-point safety violations include:
No Seat Belt (VC 27315): All occupants 16 and over must be buckled, and the driver is responsible
for all passengers.
Headlights (VC 24400): This law is rather subjective. Headlamps must be used in low-visibility
conditions, like fog, darkness, rain, or drizzle, or if necessary to get
other drivers’ attention.
Cell Phone (VC 23123
et seq): It is illegal for all drivers to text and drive; operators over 18 may
talk on a hands-free cellphone.
Smoking in a Vehicle with a Minor (Senate Bill 7): This infraction carries a $100 base fine. This infraction is a secondary
violation, meaning that drivers cannot be pulled over solely for VC violations.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.