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Seatbelts

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 2016 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives. As of 2018, the Kansas seat belt usage rate is 84%.

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 (76%) than other vehicles (90%-91%).

  • Male truck drivers are the lowest single category of belt users (75%).

  • 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.

 

Crash Test Dummies without Seatbelts (Video)

   
 
 

Seatbelts During Pregnancy


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.

Top Contributing Circumstances for crashes:

  • Inattention

  • Animals

  • Failing to Yield Right of Way

  • Too Fast for weather conditions

  • Following too closely

NHTSA Distracted Driving

It's All About Safety (Brochure)

 

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