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Seat Belt Use: Facts and Stats
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Seat Belt Statistics

Teens, as both passengers and drivers, have the lowest rate of seat belt use of any age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seat belt statistics show the consequences are deadly for not using seat belts. More states are enacting primary seat belt laws to potentially save many teen lives.

Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. Parents should insist on seat belts on every trip and encourage their teens to buckle up before turning on the ignition. 

Statistics

More than half of teens (13 to 19 years) and adults (20 to 44 years) who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

More Seat Belt Facts and Statistics

  • When used properly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.

  • Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives in 2015.

  • In 2015, 6.1 percent of teen passengers reported rarely or never wearing a seat belt recently, nearly a 20 percent decrease since 1991.

  • People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries.

  • Teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving are twice as likely to wear a seat belt as a driver or passenger as teens with less involved parents.

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