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Seat belts are the single most important thing to keep you safe in your vehicle. Seat belts greatly reduce the risk of serious injury or death to drivers and passengers in the event of a crash by up to 50%. In 2015, 64% of people killed in crashes on the roadways of Massachusetts were found not to be wearing a seat belt (when seat belt usage could be determined). Sadly, Massachusetts lags well behind the rest of the nation where 90% of drivers are belted. The yearly Click It or Ticket (CIOT) enforcement and education campaign helps promote the importance of wearing seat belts and has contributed to the increase in Massachusetts' statewide seat belt usage from 51% in 2002 to 74% in 2017.
Drivers and passengers alike should always buckle every time they ride in a motor vehicle. Whether for short drive across town or across the state, seat belt will help prevent occupants from death and serious injuries if involved in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 48% of the people killed in a motor vehicle crash in 2015 were not wearing a seat belt. Seat belts will keep you safe and secure in the vehicle, without it you risk the possibility of being thrown from the car or truck.
Each year, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/OGR/HSD) conducts a statewide seat belt observation survey to measure seat belt usage across the Commonwealth. The survey typically runs through the month of June and observations are done at a wide range of roadway locations during various time periods of the day. From 2006 to 2017, the seat belt usage rate rose from 67% to 74%.
Below are the observation survey results from the last three years: