Use Seat Belts for Safety

The use of seat belts is the single best way to save lives and to lessen injuries in traffic crashes. We don’t think twice about using sunscreen or bug spray, yet many times we fail to use our seat belts. Seat belts should be worn whether you are the driver or passenger, in the front seat or back. “Vehicles have many more safety features today than ever before, but there is nothing more important than the simple seat belt,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Here are some seat belt facts from the Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Safety Office:

  • In 2016, 12 teens were killed in car crashes (7 of which were ejected). NONE of them were wearing a seat belt.
  • January-March 2017, there were 18 people killed in crashes on Nebraska roadways.
  • Of those 18, 15 of the people killed were not wearing seat belts.
  • Based on fatal crashes from 2010-2015, an average of 71% of the people killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.
  • During the same years, of those who were only injured, 77% were wearing seat belts.
  • For no-injury crashes, 84% of people were wearing seat belts.
  • In just the Four Corners District (Butler, Polk, Seward, and York counties), from 1993-2015, seat belts were not used in 70% of deadly crashes.

When in a moving vehicle, buckle up 100% of the time, no matter how short the trip. Make sure each person in your car buckles up, even those in the back seat. Parents and caregivers, show your children that you use a seat belt on each trip. Follow all speed limits. Watch for children on foot or bicycles around you. Be safe for those who love and need you.

For more information on motor vehicle safety and seat belt use, call 402-362-2621 or toll free at 877-337-3573 or email questions to info@fourcorners.ne.gov.