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There’s No Good Excuse


No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.

As you head out around the Memorial Day holiday, you'll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Click It or Ticket. This campaign, from May 17-June 6, reminds drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling and the legal consequences – including fines – for not wearing a seat belt.

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Seat Belts Save Lives

Always Remember to Buckle Up

In 2019, 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States. While that was a decrease from 2018, an early study for 2020 suggests that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, driving patterns and behaviors changed significantly. Of those drivers who remained on the roads, there was more risky behavior, including people not wearing seat belts.


90.00 %
Seat Belt Use Rate in 2020
9.00 %
Percentage point INCREASE IN SEAT BELT USAGE BETWEEN 2006 and 2020
Number of lives saved by seat belts in 2017 crashes

Buckle Up the Right Way

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. And remember: always buckle up. #ClickItOrTicket

Seat Belt Safety Starts With You

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Children whose parents or caregivers buckle up are much more likely to buckle up themselves.

Learn more about children and tween seat belt safety.