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Seatbelts and Driving Behaviors

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Seatbelt Law Card

Texting Law Card

Distracted Driving Law Card

Adult Safety Belt Observational Survey

Child Study - Occupant Protection Observational Survey

Adult and Child Local Observational Survey Data



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 2017, Kansas has an 82% 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 (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.

Click it. Or ticket.

NSW Road Safety Video

Crash Test Dummies without Seatbelts


Seatbelts During Pregnancy

Seat belt safety tips during pregnancy

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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

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