Figure 10-1.Automatic safety belts with shoulder harnesses.
Figure 10-2.-Air bags save lives.
Issuance of Navy Traffic Safety Program,
OPNAVINST 5100.12F, authorizes disciplinary action
for certain violations. For example, you may receive
disciplinary action for failing to follow safety belt rules
or for riding in the cargo areas of vehicles (in the back
of a pickup truck).
Safety belts have been provided in most vehicles for
the past 20 years. The original lap seat belt provided a
measure of safety, but injuries still occurred when
people snapped forward into the dashboard or steering
wheel. Therefore, manufacturers began equipping
vehicles with safety belts by adding shoulder harnesses
(fig. 10-1) to prevent the upper body from moving
forward. In some cars, the safety belt moves into place
automatically when the car is started.
Since 1990, some manufacturers have begun to
equip vehicles with air bags (fig. 10-2) as well as safety
belts. Air bags have grown in popularity as survivors
have testified to their effectiveness.
National statistics have shown that using safety
belts saves lives. Many states now have laws requiring
the use of safety belts. The Navy requires personnel to
use safety belts at all times.
All Navy motor vehicles must be equipped with
safety belts for the driver and passengers. Each person
riding in, or operating, a Navy motor vehicle must wear
a safety belt. If the vehicle does not have a safety belt at