From May 24-June 6, 2021, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are stepping up their enforcement efforts for motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts. For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Kansas Department of Transportation aim to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up at heavily traveled, highly visible state checkpoints.
· One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seatbelt – the national use rate was at 90.7 percent in 2019. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seatbelt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time. As of 2019, the Kansas seatbelt usage rate is 85%.
· Among young adults 18 to 34 killed while riding in passenger vehicles in 2019, more than half (57%) were completely unrestrained — one of the highest percentages for all age groups.
· Too many people wrongly believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-five percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2019 were unrestrained, but 58% of those killed in back seats were unrestrained.
· Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up seat belt enforcement, day and night.
· Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash Seatbelts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle; being completely ejected from a vehicle is almost always deadly.