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Seatbelts and Driving Behaviors

Additional Information

Seatbelt Law Card

Texting Law Card

Kansas Law

Adult Safety Belt Direct Observation Survey

Child Study - Occupant Protection Observational Survey

Adult and Child Local Observational Survey Data

Lives Saved in 2012 by Restraint Use and
Minimum Drinking Age Laws -
Traffic Safety Facts


Every single day Kansans are dying in vehicle crashes. Of the hundreds of crash related deaths that have occurred in Kansas, almost 70% of them were not wearing a seat belt. According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,384 lives could be saved if seat belts had been worn. As of 2013, Kansas has an 81% seat belt usage rate.

Quick Kansas Seatbelt Stats:

  • Women are more likely to be belted than men.

  • Trucks, which account for about one in five vehicles observed, produce a substantially lower belt use rate (75%) than other vehicles (91%-93%).

  • Male truck drivers are the lowest single category of belt users (73%).

  • Rural counties tend to produce a lower belt use rate than urban counties.

  • The more “local” the trip, the less likely occupants are to be buckled up.


Using electronic devices while driving is a serious safety problem

Driving Behaviors

Kansans are starting to learn about the dangers of distracted driving, but because Kansas has a ZERO tolerance for preventable deaths due to distractions, we still have room for improvement.


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