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.
- 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.