Whats Your Seat Belt Safety IQ

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Seat Belts Save Lives!

90.4% Seat Belt Use Rate In 2021

14955 Lives Saved By Seat Belts In 2017

2549 additional lives could have been saved in 2017 if everyone had buckled up

Source: Seat Belt Safety | NHTSA


One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at 90.4% in 2021. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time.

Any time you’re in a motor vehicle, if you’re driving or no matter where you’re sitting or where you’re going, you should always put safety first. Remember to buckle up every trip, every time! Use this quiz of fifteen questions to test your seat belt safety knowledge:

  1. Every State has at least some kind of seat belt law. True or False
  2. Far too many Americans die in crashes every year. Do you know how many unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants died in 2019?
  3. If you wear a seat belt correctly while riding in the front seat of a car, your chances of a fatal injury are reduced by __________ percent.
  4. 60% of teenage car crash fatalities were unrestrained. True or False?
  5. Women are more likely to be killed in vehicle crashes. True or False?
  6. Men wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do. True or False?
  7. Is it best to use your seat belt on long trips or short trips?
  8. What is one of the best defenses against drunk drivers on the road?
  9. Most crashes happen within ___________ miles of home.
  10. Child restraint use drops by 40% when?
  11. Seat belts saved approximately how many lives in 2017?
  12. In 2019, what percentage of passenger vehicle occupants 14 years and younger were not using restraints when killed in traffic crashes?
  13. Wearing your seat belt is your best insurance to prevent injury and death in the tragic case of a motor vehicle crash. True or False?
  14. What percentage can seat belts trap under water or in a fire?
  15. Your Seat Belt can hurt you in a crash. True or False?

Answer Key to Seat Beat Safety IQ Quiz*

  1. False. 49 of 50 states have a seat belt law.
  2. 9466
  3. 45
  4. True. 60% of teenage car crash fatalities were unrestrained.
  5. False. Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2019, 65% of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men.
  6. True. 51% of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 40% of women killed in crashes.
  7. Both.
  8. Using a seat belt.
  9. 25
  10. When parents ride without their seat belts, child restraint use drops by 40%.
  11. 14,955
  12. 40%
  13. True.
  14. Seat belts can trap you in a traffic crash ½ of 1% of all crashes according to NHTSA.
  15. True. In a crash, everything in your car can cause bodily harm, but your seat belt is one of the few things that can actually save you as well.

To read more about what AHSO is doing to make Arkansas roads safer in the area of Occupant Protection, click here or the Click It or Ticket campaign.

*Source: NHTSA

Seat Belts Saves Lives. Buckle Up, Arkansas!

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