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Seat Belts

Buckle up on every trip. Every time. Day and night.

  • Your seat belt is your best defense against unsafe drivers – buckling up is the single most important step you can take to save your life in the event of a crash.
  • Lap and shoulder seat belts – when worn properly – lower the risk of death to passengers in the front seat by 45%.
  • Seat belts also reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
  • Data shows that, among passengers aged 18 to 34 who have been killed in crashes, 63% were not buckled up.


In 2013:

  • There were 119 fatal crashes in Maryland involving at least one unrestrained occupant.
  • Nearly 40% of those people killed in a crash were known to be unbelted at the time of the crash.


In 2014, the observed statewide seat belt use in Maryland was 92.1%, an increase from 90.7% observed in 2013.


For more information on Maryland’s seat belt laws and other resources click here