Florida law – specifically F.S. 316.614 – requires all front seat passengers and anyone under the age of 18 to be restrained by the proper safety belt system, whether that’s a seat belt or a car seat or a booster seat.
There are a few exceptions (school buses, farming vehicles, large trucks, motorcycles, etc.), but generally, most vehicles are included in this requirement.
In addition to the fact that wearing one’s seat belt is a legal requirement and is known to reduce injuries, there is another key incentive: Failure to do so in Florida could result in a finding of comparative negligence, which could reduce the overall damages to which you may be entitled in a traffic accident lawsuit. This is true even when the injured person had no other responsibility in causing the crash.