GET THE FACTS
Nearly 27.5 million people still don't buckle up.
In 2016, 48 percent of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts. Almost 60 percent of young adults (18 to 34) killed in crashes were completely unrestrained, and 61 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled up. Over half (52 percent) of men in fatal car crashes were not buckled up, compared to just 40 percent of women. To help prevent crash fatalities, cops across the nation will be stepping up enforcement from May 21 to June 3 to ensure that motorists are wearing their seat belts. Because there's no excuse good enough for not buckling up.
Seat Belt Safety Starts With You.
Your kids are watching.
Children whose parents or caregivers buckle up are much more likely to buckle up themselves.Click here to learn more about children and tween seat belt safety.
The safest choice you can make as a driver or passenger is to buckle up.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing your seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Even if your car has airbags, the safest way to ride is properly buckled up. Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach. You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. When purchasing a new car, be sure to check that its seat belts fit you. And remember: every trip, every time, buckle up.