Seat Belts are the single most effective traffic
safety device for
preventing death and injury and saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to
Seat belt use has been
steadily increasing since 1983 yet remains below 86%. 
Seat Belt Camera Technologies (SBCT) gives law enforcement
the means to raise
seat belt compliance rates. Much in the
same way a
speed camera and a stop light camera
fine violators, a seat belt
camera is law enforcement's 24 hour sentry to protect our citizenry.
How it works: Using proprietary photographic
analysis technologies similar to facial recognition software,
the SBCT seat belt
camera analyses lines of demarcation between the expected seat belt strap
areas across the driver's shoulder, chest, and the area just above the
driver's shoulder where the
strap exits the take-up reel. If definite lines of demarcation are
identified a photograph is not taken.
If, however, lines of demarcation are not identified, photographs are
taken of the offending individual
along with a photograph of the license plate. This evidence is
transmitted to the locally authorized
Long view as vehicle approaches.
Ultra-Closeup showing non-violation.
Photograph Inspection: As with speed camera and stop
light camera evidence, seat belt camera
evidence is analyzed by a specially
trained law enforcement official. If the driver is deemed to be
violation of local seat belt ordinances, a ticket is issued and mailed to
the lawful owner of the vehicle.
Not a primary offense: The first problem law
enforcement agencies must overcome is the fact that seat belt ordinances
might not be treated as primary offenses. In other words, law
enforcement officials may not pull
a vehicle over specifically for an
observed seat belt violation. As with red light cameras, cities may
ordinances stating seat belt violations as "non-moving" civil
violations. As parking tickets target the lawful
owner of the vehicle,
so do non-moving seat belt civil violations.
Preexisting Infrastructure: Across the United States,
thousands of communities have enacted speed
camera and red light camera
legislation and erected camera observation posts at dangerous intersections
and roadways where chronic speeding takes lives and endangers motorists.
The Seat Belt Camera from
SBCT mounts on the same post and works in
conjunction with the preexisting infrastructure. If a camera
this location to capture license plate information, only one additional
camera is needed to analyze
and photograph the seat belt areas described
Technological Problems and Solutions:
Glare from windshield - The SBCT Seat Belt Camera uses a double polarized
lens to see through
windshields in all weather conditions.
After Dark - Hi-beam ultra pulse night vision allows full
functionality, dusk through dawn.
Lines of Demarcation Not Identified - The SBCT Seat Belt
Camera uses specially developed algorithms
to analyze multiple areas
of expected seat belt positioning for all standard 3-point seat belt
giving a very high rate of accuracy.
Speed of Seat Belt Camera Functionality - Once properly
calibrated, the SBCT Seat Belt Camera
acknowledges a vehicle's presence,
uses facial recognition technology to identify expected positioning
driver's seat belt, and analyzes multiple lines of demarcation all within 4,000th
of a second. A vehicle
travels only a distance of .264 inches during
this time giving the SBCT Seat Belt Camera time to take
photographs of the
seat belt areas and the vehicle's license tag for vehicle identification.
Profitability: It is expected that 19% of all vehicles
on the road have a driver in violation of seat belt laws.
cases civil ordinances allow law enforcement agencies to fine violators $50
per violation. For a
10,000 car per day intersection with a SBCT Seat
Belt Camera, collected fines could amount to $95,000
per day. For
installation and administration of the system, SBCT collects a small royalty
the majority of collected revenue with the local law
Seat belts save lives.
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