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Why is Seat Belt Safety Important?

Seat belts save lives. Wearing your seat belt on every trip, in every seat, is the best way to keep yourself safe in a vehicle.


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Most of us wear a seat belt on every trip. If you are in a car with someone who isn’t buckled, speak up! It is your right to protect yourself and others in the vehicle. For tips on how to speak up, check out our Empowered Passenger materials.


Why should everyone buckle up in the vehicle?

In a crash, an unbuckled person flying through the car can seriously injure or kill other passengers. In a 30 mph crash, if an unbuckled person hits you, it’s like getting hit by a small SUV.




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Seat Belt Facts
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Seat belts save lives.

Seatbelts saved 14,955 lives in 2017 (NHTSA).

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Not wearing one can be deadly.

In 2019, 434 people killed on North Carolina roads were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash (NCDOT).

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Stay in your seat.

Without a seat belt, a person is 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle.

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Every seat. Every trip.

Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph (NHTSA).

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