SEAT BELTS AND AIR BAGS
ON THE ROADS
AAA continually promotes the importance of the proper use of seat belts and air bags; they could mean the difference between living and dying in a motor vehicle crash.
In 2008, 49 states and the District of Columbia had safety belt use laws in effect. Use rates vary widely from state to state, reflecting factors such as differences in public attitudes, enforcement practices, legal provisions, and public information and education programs.
From 1975 to 2008, NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved 255,115 passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older, including 13,250 lives saved in 2008. If all passenger vehicle occupants over age 4 wore seat belts, 17,402 lives (that is an additional 4,152) could have been saved in 2008.
To learn more or schedule a presentation, contact the Traffic Safety Lead in your state.