Wear A Seat Belt, Every Trip, Every Time

Most Washingtonians buckle up – nearly everyone knows that seat belts save lives. We can be proud that our seat belt use rate is one of the highest in the nation at a whopping 93 percent!

Still, that small number of people who don’t buckle up every trip are tragically among 106 traffic deaths that happened in 2019.

Do you know someone who doesn’t buckle up every trip? You can help reinforce that always using a seat belt is the safe and right thing to do. You can also help others learn the facts and encourage them to speak up if they know someone who doesn’t always buckle up.

Seat Belts Save Lives

  • Wearing your seat belt drops your risk of fatal injury in a crash by 45%. There is no substitute.

  • You can help save a life today by getting all of Washington to wear their seat belts:

    • Model: Always wear your seat belt

    • Discuss: Speak with family members, especially young drivers, about the importance of seat belt use.

    • Advocate: Say something when you see someone not wearing their seat belt

  • Front seat or back seat, city roads or country roads, big trucks or small cars, it’s the same: Seat belts save lives.

Despite Washington’s high seat belt use rate, people still die on Washington roads who were not buckled up. In 2019:

  • More than 20% of road deaths in Washington involved people not wearing a seat belt: 106 people out of 524.

  • 81% were the drivers.

  • 69% were male.

  • The most frequent age range of unrestrained drivers is 21-to-25-years-old, followed by 36-40-years-old.

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