Buckle Up for the Ones You Love

See how failing to buckle up is risking much more than you think.

Seat belts save lives! Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the seat belt has been credited with saving one million lives.

Each year in Utah, it is estimated that more than 100 lives are saved on the roads, and an additional 50 lives would have been saved “if only” a seat belt was worn. Efforts have been underway to encourage the proper use of safety restraints, including seat belts, child safety seats and airbags. It has always been and continues to be the most important thing people can do when they ride in a motor vehicle.

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FACTS:
Utah's seat belt use rate has increased from 67.4% in 2000 to the 2012 rate of 81.9%. (Utah Highway Safety Office) Of the 217 people killed in Utah in traffic crashes in 2012, 78 drivers and passengers were not restrained (Utah Highway Safety Office) Of those killed in Utah who weren’t buckled up, 42% were between the ages of 18 and 34 (Utah Highway Safety Office) Men (78%) use seat belts less often than women (86%) (2012 Utah Seat Belt Observational Study) Motorists in rural areas use seat belts less often (70.1%) than motorists in urban areas (85%). Passengers are less likely to buckle up than drivers (2011 Utah Crash Summary). During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. (NHTSA)
Children 0-12 yrs.
Teens 13-17 yrs.
Adults 18 yrs. +

Click It or Ticket

Click It or Ticket is a nationwide enforcement campaign designed to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities. The campaign encourages all motorists to always buckle up--every time, day and night. Currently, enforcement mobilizations are conducted in Utah during May and November but law enforcement officers are encouraged to enforce the state's safety belt law year round.

For more information, contact the Utah Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6040 or click on the logo to visit the website.

Click It Club

The Click It Club program aims to teach kids about the importance of wearing their seat belts properly (including booster seats), teach parents that they need to buckle kids before they leave the school property and whenever they are in a car, and use kids' influence to get their parents and other family members to buckle up.

For more information about the program, call 801-366-6040.

Buckle Tough

Even the toughest guys get broken. Teens are dying in truck crashes every day from not wearing their seat belts. Maybe this even happened to one of your friends. The fact of the matter is that if you live in a rural area, are a male, are a teen, and drive a truck, then you're in the group most likely to DIE in a car crash from not buckling your seat belt.

For more information, call 801-273-6666 or toll-free 800-284-1131.

Buckle Up For Love

Buckle Up For Love is a program administered by the Utah Safety Council, which encourages concerned citizens to report unrestrained children by calling 1-800-887-KIDS. By providing the license plate number, the owner of the observed vehicle will receive life-saving information regarding their child.

Hold On To Dear Life

The Hold On To Dear Life® campaign was established at Primary Children's Medical Center in 1991, to educate the community on how to keep children safe. Although the original campaign focused solely on child restraint/seat belt use and child abuse prevention, it has been broadened in the past few years to include the award winning Spot the Tot and other injury prevention topics.

For more information, call 801-662-6580.

Boost 'til 8

Seat belts were designed for adults, not children. They can place a young child at risk of serious injury. Booster seats elevate the child so that the shoulder belt fits snugly over the middle of the shoulder and the center of the chest; the lap belt fits across the child's upper hips or upper thigh, not the stomach.

For more information, click on the logo.

CPS Utah

The National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training Program certifies individuals as child passenger safety technicians and instructors. Utah CPS technicians and instructors put their knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including car seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.

For more information, call 801-505-3315.

Saved By The Belt

“Saved By The Belt” is a statewide program that honors Utah drivers and passengers whose decision to buckle up prevented serious injury or death in a motor vehicle crash.

To share your story, click on the logo.

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