Seat Belt Laws By State 2020
Seat belts save lives. Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejecting from the vehicle and from hitting the interior of the vehicle. Additionally, when seat belts are worn properly, they are designed to spread crash forces across stronger parts of the body, such as the shoulder, rib cage, and pelvis.
For drivers and front-seat passengers, using a lap and shoulder belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 60% in an SUV, van, or pickup truck and by 45% in a car. Occupants in a vehicle increase the risk of injury or death to other occupants in the vehicle by 40%.
Seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017s and could have saved an additional 2,456 if everyone buckled their seat belt. Nearly half of people who die in vehicle crashes are not wearing a seat belt.
Seat belt laws increase seat belt use. Seat belt laws are created to protect the lives of the driver and their passengers.
Primary vs. Secondary Enforcement