Seat Belt Use
The use of seat belts increased from 81.2% in 2006 to 88.5% in 2015, according to NOPUS. NOPUS is a survey that provides nationwide probability based data in the United States. 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes in 2015. Additionally, 52% of those occupants were known to be restrained with a seat belt. In contrast, 48% were known as unrestrained at the time of the accident.
Similarly, of those same occupants, the age groups of 21-24 and 25-34 had the highest percentage of unrestrained passengers at 59%. These groups closely follow the 13-15 and 35-44 age groups at 57%. There were 220 fatalities among children under the age of 4. 26% were known to be unrestrained at the time of the crash.
Nearly twice as many male occupants were killed as compared to female occupants (14,640 to 7,788). The study also found that 52% of males that were killed were unrestrained, whereas only 42% of females were unrestrained.
Seat Belts Save Lives
The NHTSA estimates that the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger vehicle occupants reduces by 45% when lap/shoulder seat belts are in use. The risk of moderate-to-critical injury decreases by 50% when seat belts are in use. Seat belts help prevent vehicle occupants from being ejected at the time of a crash. In 2015, 80% of those ejected from the vehicle were killed. Since 1975 up to 2015, 344,447 lives have been saved from the use of seat belts. If all of those who died since 1975 had used seat belts, an additional 381,788 lives would have been saved.
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Our course includes four modules:
Seat Belt Use
Drinking and Driving