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Seatbelt Fatality Reduction
Fatality Reduction by Seat Belts in the Center Rear Seat and Comparison of Occupants' Relative Fatality Risk at Various Seating Positions

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2017 National Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Materials (PEAK)


Welcome, Law Enforcement. We need your help!
The 2017 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 22 to June 4, 2017

NHTSA has prepared this CIOT Products for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK) to help you alert the public to prepare for maximum high-visibility seat belt enforcement.

Statistics show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day, but not enough at night. This mobilization is created to increase awareness 24-7, but a strong enforcement effort is urged between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time.

Paid advertising will run from May 15 to June 4, 2017.

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NTSB Rear Seat Safety in Passenger Vehicles
This report discusses improving the safety of the rear seat environment in passenger vehicles is vital to the goal of preventing fatalities and mitigating injuries in automobile crashes.

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Rod Scott's Father Speak out on Proposed Seat-belt Bill and Son's Legacy
"Scott’s father, Rodney Scott, who is the assistant basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School, where Roderic “Rod” Scott was a star athlete, said he was contacted by members of the legislature shortly after his son’s death. He said he was asked if he would be okay with having a piece of proposed seat belt safety legislation named after his son."

Rod Scott - 17 Year old High School Student who died after being ejected from a vehicle. (WFSA)

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Lives Saved in 2015 by Restraint Use
NHTSA: In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants 5 and older, and an estimated 2,573 lives of occupants 13 and older were saved by frontal air bags. An estimated 266 child occupants 4 and younger were saved by the use of child restraints, and 1,772 lives were saved by the use of motorcycle helmets. An additional 2,804 lives would have been saved in 2015 if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts. Similarly, if all motorcyclists had been helmeted, then an additional 740 lives would have been saved

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Improving Rear Seat Passenger Safety
Improving Rear Seat Passenger Safety - This TRB web page contains links to three articles and the opportunity to sign up for a webinar on this subject.

AAA Study: Unbuckled in Back: An Overlooked Issue in Occupant Protection - Click Here

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Seat Belt Use in 2015
Click Here to see the Seat Belt Use Rates in the States and Territories

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As National Traffic Fatalities Surge, States Focus on Seat Belt Safety
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Restraint Issues Report
The goal of this problem identification is to assure that the restraint enforcement program considered by the state throughout FY 2017 is completely evidence-based, the evidence being derived from past data obtained from crash records.

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Always Wear Your Seat Belt

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Information on Seat Belts and Pickups
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Traffic Safety Facts: 2014 Data
49% of passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in 2014 were unrestrained

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Seat Belt Safety - Tweens (ages 8 to 14)

Seat Belt Safety - Ages 8 to 14

Seat Belt Safety - Tweens (ages 8 to 14)

This new campaign aims to increase the consistent and proper use of seat belts among tweens (ages 8-14). The goal is for our kids to develop good seat belt practices that will stay a habit into driving age and adulthood. 

These campaign ads, targeting parents and caregivers of tweens, feature common family driving situations and highlight the challenges that parents and caregivers can face when trying to ensure the safety of all passengers.

Main Message: Don’t negotiate on seat belt use. Life as a parent is full of compromises, but seat belt safety for your tweens is not up for negotiation.

Call to Action: Ensure your tween is consistently and properly buckled up, the whole ride - every time.

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Hispanic Buckle Up Toolkit

Hispanic Buckle Up ToolkitHazlo por tu familia, ¡abróchate el cinturón!
Do it for your family, buckle up! 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) developed this Web-based toolkit to educate immigrant Hispanics about the importance of seat belts and increase the use in the population.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States among Hispanics under age 34. 

NLCI learned that the greatest motivator for underscoring the importance of using a seat belt every time immigrants rode in a vehicle were the emotions evoked by family. Using images and a few phrases, along with reminders of the importance of the family were the best motivators to increase seat belt use.

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"Click It or Ticket" starts summer on important safety note
Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer driving season. With millions of Americans taking to the roads, DOT and NHTSA have again launched our “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. During this period of heightened enforcement and education, we partner with our friends in state and local law enforcement to promote seat belt use for one simple reason: it saves lives. In fact, since 1975, the simple act of putting on a seat belt has saved more than 300,000 lives. In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives.  READ MORE
Record High Seat Belt Use Applauded But More Work Remains
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the results of the 2012 National Occupant Protection Use Survey, which indicated that the national seat belt use rate has reached a record high – 86 percent. We are delighted with this news and see it as another important milestone in the state and federal highway safety partnership. READ MORE
Restraint Effectiveness in Alabama
Alabama is one of thirty-one states with a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to issue tickets solely for failure to buckle up. By law, you are required to wear your seat belt, no matter how short the trip. Surveys conducted at the conclusion of the 2008 "Click It or Ticket" campaign indicated that 86.1% of Alabamians buckled up.

The image to the right is that of a vehicle that was hit by a DUI driver at Interstate speeds. It rolled over and skidded on its roof for over 200 feet. After hanging in her restraint upside down for about 15 minutes, she was extricated by EMS personnel and had only minor injuries. It seems clear that her life was saved by taking two seconds to buckle up.

The graphic below illustrates the effectiveness of restraints as given by Alabama data.

For more detailed information on the importance and effectiveness of seat belt use, see the links listed to the right. Each one provides a wealth of current information at your fingertips.