Buckle up for every trip, every time—even on short trips at low speeds.
A simple click is all it takes to save a life.
Your best defense against a drunk or high driver is your seat belt.
The Missoula City-County Health Department is the lead agency for the Missoula/Granite County Buckle Up Montana Coalition, which is one of four coalitions in the state. Buckle Up Montana is a program of the Montana Department of Transportation.
Businesses: Remind your employees and customers to buckle up!
- The Missoula County Buckle Up Montana Coalition offers free parking lot signs to area businesses. They are printed on aluminum and designed to post outdoors.
- We can also help you develop a workplace seat belt policy!
Child Passenger Safety
Montana law requires children to be properly restrained in a safety or booster seat until age 6 or 60 pounds. However, best practices suggest that children should ride in safety seats or booster seats until age 8 or 80 pounds.
Studies have shown that car seats significantly lower the risk of serious injury in children. Children aged 4 to 8 who are properly restrained in belt-positioning booster seats were 45% less likely to be injured than children who were using the vehicle seat belt.
You also need to use child car safety seats correctly. Avoid these top 5 problems when installing and child safety seats. If you are uncertain about whether or not your child's seat is installed correctly you can make an appointment with a fitting station:
Child Car Safety Seat Fitting Stations
Free assistance is offered!
Missoula Rural Fire District
2nd Saturday of every month
10 am - 5 pm
Call for appointment: 406-549-6172
Frenchtown Rural Fire District
Call for appointment: 406-626-5791
Teen Seat Belt Use
The Montana Plan2Live program targets seatbelt and DUI information to young adults, including survivor stories.
Adult Seat Belt Use
Pickup trucks are twice as likely to roll over than cars. Your chances of surviving a rollover are much better if you are wearing a seat belt. The goal of the Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign is fewer serious injuries and deaths from people who aren't wearing seatbelts in rollover crashes.
There is room to live within a vehicle's reinforced passenger compartment if you are buckled up during a crash. The Missoula City-County Health Department uses the Respect the Cage display (funded by the Montana Dept. of Transportation) to spread this message.Soon this display will be available for use statewide.