In Montana, 7 out of 10 people killed in crashes each year are unbuckled. Those who died might be alive today if only they had been wearing their seat belts. You can help solve this statewide health problem:
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 from an impaired driver is your seat belt.
Seat belts dramatically reduce risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a crash die from their injuries. Many of those who don't die will have permanent, debilitating injuries.(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Primary safety belt laws increase safety belt use by 10 percent. That increase in belt use would have saved 15 moms, dads, sisters, brothers or best friends every year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
99.2 percent of traffic crashes are preventable.
The Missoula seat belt use rate for 2015 is 84 percent. That means that 16 percent of drivers were gambling that they wouldn't be in a serious crash. (Montana Department of Transportation)