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Seat belts save lives

The Wyoming Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to buckle up every time they travel. Seat belts save lives by keeping drivers and passengers safe during crashes. 

Seat belts saved about 13,941 people nationwide in 2015, information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated. If everyone would have buckled up that year, an additional 2,804 lives would have been saved.

When a person wears a seat belt, they reduce their risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger occupants by 45 percent and light-truck occupants by 60 percent.

In Wyoming, the seat belt use rate was 80 percent in 2016. Nationwide, the seat belt usege rate was 90 percent in 2016.

Over the past three years, seat belt fatalities in Wyoming have fluctuated.

In 2014, 68 people or 55 percent of fatal occupants died from not wearing their seat belts, information from the Wyoming Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office indicated. In 2015, 81 people or 71 percent of fatal occupants died from not wearing their seat belts. And, in 2016, 53 people or 68 percent of fatal occupants died from not wearing their seat belts.

Learn more about seat belt usage and other statistics by visiting WYDOT’s Highway Safety web page and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.