Every year, Georgia participates in Click It or Ticket enforcement and media campaigns during the Memorial Day and Thanksgiving travel periods to reinforce seatbelt safety awareness statewide. Why? Because the Click It or Ticket program is vital in continuing the fight against unbelted crashes, injuries and fatalities. To learn more about Georgia's seatbelt-related traffic statistics, click HERE.

Nationwide in 2016, more than 32 million people failed to buckle up while in their vehicle. That’s nearly 10 percent of drivers and passengers. Decades ago, we learned about the life-saving importance of the seat belt and since that time, states across the nation have required people to buckle up when operating a vehicle. And for good reason...from 2012 to 2016, seatbelts saved nearly 67,000 lives. But there’s still so much work to do. Tragically, if all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved in 2016 alone. One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.

In 2015, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives nationwide. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate is at 90.1 percent – but nearly 27.5 million people still don’t buckle up. 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 trip, every time.

Of the 35,092 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, 48 percent were not wearing seat belts. In 2015 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives and could have saved an additional 2,814 people if they had been wearing seat belts. 

The consequences of not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt are clear:

  • Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly. 
  • Air bags are not enough to protect you. In fact, the force of an air bag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
  • Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.

The benefits of buckling up are equally clear:

  • If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate to critical injury by 65 percent.

To learn more about the nationwide Click It or Ticket effort, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts.