Occupant Protection: Seat Belts, Car Seats, and Helmets

Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and your loved ones is the single greatest way to increase your likelihood of surviving a crash. Seat belts, car seats, and helmets go a long way in minimizing the consequences of crashes regardless of why they occur. Currently, approximately 88% of drivers and passengers on Missouri's roadways buckle up. Unfortunately, the other 12% account for about two-thirds of vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes. 

If all drivers and passengers on Missouri's roadways buckled up, an estimated 250 lives would be saved every year. Likewise, motorcycle helmets in Missouri save an average of 60 lives each year. Increase your likelihood to arrive alive by always buckling up or wearing a helmet when riding. 

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Statistics
65%
Of vehicle occupants killed in 2021 Missouri traffic crashes were unrestrained.
250
Estimated lives saved each year in Missouri if everyone buckled up
40%
Of children younger than 13 killed in 2021 Missouri traffic crashes were unrestrained.
62%
Of Missouri 2021 motorcycle fatalities were unhelmeted or wearing a non-compliant helmet.
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