The problem of crash-related injuries and death.
- More than 2.3 million adult drivers and
passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being
injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009.
- The lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.
- Young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.
What is the impact of seat belt use?
- Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
- Air bags provide added protection but are
not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags plus seat belts provide the
greatest protection for adults.
Who is least likely to wear a seat belt?
- Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults 35 or older. (CDC, 2010, unpublished data)
- Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women. (CDC, 2010, unpublished data)
- Adults who live in rural areas are 10%
less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban
and suburban areas (87% use). (CDC, 2010, unpublished data)
- Seat belt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws
Buckle Up It’s The Law!
Source: Via CDC