ShareCompartir Historical Document This web page is provided for reference purposes only. Get the Facts page. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety maintains current information about state laws, who they cover, and fines.
The Problem How big is the problem of crash-related injuries and deaths to drivers and passengers? Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged in the U.
Age Young adults age are less likely to wear seat belts than those in older age groups. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.
Air bags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults. A secondary enforcement law only allows a police officer to issue a ticket for someone not wearing a seat belt if the driver has been pulled over for some other offense.
As of May32 states did not have a primary enforcement law covering all seating positions. These requirements may also vary Seat belt saves lives on the age of the passenger. For information on laws in each state, check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety at http: Prevention What can be done to increase seat belt use among adults?
When it comes to increasing seat belt use, individuals, government, and health professionals can help promote safety. Consider proven strategies for increasing seat belt use and reducing child motor vehicle injuries and deaths, which include: Seat belt laws that apply to everyone in the car, not just those in the front seat.
Fines for not wearing a seat belt that are high enough to be effective.
Make sure that police and state troopers enforce all seat belt laws. Support seat belt laws with visible police presence and awareness campaigns for the public.
Educate the public to make seat belt use a social norm. Remind patients about the importance of seat belt use. Encourage patients to make wearing a seat belt a habit.
Wear seat belts themselves and encourage their colleagues to do the same. Parents and caregivers can: Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short.
This sets a good example. Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight. Have all children age 12 and under sit properly buckled in the back seat.
Remember to never place a rear-facing child safety seat in front of an air bag. Properly buckle children in the middle back seat when possible because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.
Require everyone in the car to buckle up, including those in the back seat.An estimated 75, lives were saved by seat belt use between and , according to NHTSA.
Recent statistics show that the number of lives saved continues to grow annually, and with further action these numbers should continue to rise well into the future. May 22, · Wheels Toyota Recalling , FJ Cruisers for Seat-Belt Problem.
The automaker said the seat belts for the driver and front passenger seat belts . The NHTSA estimates more than 1, lives could be saved and 22, injuries prevented each year if 90 percent of drivers in every state wore seat belts.
Seat belt use has shown an increasing trend since and is one of the primary reasons cited for the steady decrease in traffic-related fatalities during the past couple of decades.
Finally, some people are afraid the seat belt will trap them in their car. All of these reasons seem inadequate since statistics show that wearing seat belts saves lives and prevents serious injuries.
Dole, now a Republican senator from North Carolina, said tying seat belt use to air bags made sense in an era when the national seat belt use rate was just 13 percent, compared with 79 percent today. SAFETY ADVISORY SAFETY ADVISORY Seat Belt Use Saves LivesSeat Belt Use Saves LivesSeat Belt Use Saves Lives!!!!!
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