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Seat Belts

Photo: a man buckling his seat beltMotor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. More than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. 

Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.

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CDC Vital Signs: Learn vital information on seat belt use. Read CDC Vital Signs.

CDC Vital Signs: Adult Seat Belt Use

Buckle Up - Every Seat, Every Trip. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 5 – 34. Adult seat belt use is the single most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.

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CDC MMWR

Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries and Seat Belt Use

Seat belt use has become the national norm, though rates of self-reported seat belt use vary widely from state to state, with a high of 94 percent in Oregon, and a low of 59 percent in North Dakota.

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Policy Impact: Seat Belts

Policy Impact: Seat Belts

CDC recommends effective, well-enforced seat belt laws to ensure that every person in every seat buckles up on every trip.

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