According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens buckle up far less frequently than adults:
- In 2016, a total of 818 teen (15- to 18-year-old) drivers and 569 passengers died in passenger vehicles driven by teen drivers, and 58% of those passengers were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash.
Research has shown that lap/shoulder belts, when used properly, reduce the risk of fatalities by 45%. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Being thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. Get into the habit of putting on your seat belt and ask your passengers to do the same.
— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council