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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 percent.
  • Seat belts also reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
  • More than 120 unbelted drivers and passengers are killed every year in Maryland.
  • Approximately 38 percent of drivers and passengers killed in motor vehicle crashes are unbelted.
  • Every year, over 49,000 passengers are involved in a crash. Over 13,000 passengers are seated in the rear positions, and 25 are killed each year, with 75 percent reported as being unbelted.
  • Those who were reported as unbelted at the time of their crash were 67 percent more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury.
  • In 2014, the observed statewide seat belt use in Maryland was 92.1 percent, an increase from 90.7 percent observed in 2013.
  • Over 89,000 violations are written each year to motorists not properly belted.

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



*Crash data are derived from the State Highway Administration, based on reports submitted and processed by the Maryland State Police Central Records Division (MSP CRD) and through the Automated Crash Reporting System (ACRS). Crash data are based on 5-year averages for the years 2009–2013. Citation/motor vehicle violation data sourced from the Maryland District Court through the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS (University of Maryland, Baltimore), and are 3-year averages (2011–2013). All data are subject to change.