April, 2012

EACF History Update

EACF History Update

Did you know that seatbelt violations help to pay for Epilepsy Services in Florida? In1989 CSHB 229, known as the Seat Belt Surcharge Act, authored by Jim Hinson, establishes the Epilepsy Services Trust Fund. Florida Statute 385.207, for the care and assistance of persons with epilepsy; establishment of programs in epilepsy control, is amended to create the Epilepsy Prevention and Education Program.  A trust fund, supported by violations of seat belt and child restraint laws, is established to fiscally maintain the program. The first distribution of Seat Belt funds is made to 12 Epilepsy Prevention and Education Service Providers in 1990.  For every violation of s. 316.613 or s. 316.614, $5 will be deducted from the civil penalty assessed under this chapter and remitted to the Department of Revenue for deposit in the Epilepsy Services Trust Fund. Additional Information: 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. 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. Florida was the 28th state to enact a primary seat belt...

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