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Kansas Seatbelt Resources

2021 Adult Safety Belt Observational Survey

Child Safety Belt Observational Survey

(Due to COVID-19, a child safety belt survey was not performed in 2020.)

Adult and Child Observational Survey Data

Click it. Or ticket.

Seatbelts have been proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in a crash. Yet many still don't buckle up. The Click it. Or ticket. campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws and law enforcement officers saving lives.

Law enforcement agencies across the nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren't wearing their seatbelts. The Click it. Or ticket. campaign aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seatbelt enforcement and providing seatbelt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled corridors and checkpoints.

Be Part of the Progress

Wearing your seatbelt means you are much more likely to survive a crash. Every life matters and everyone has someone who wants to see you come home safely.

Kids are more likely to buckle up when they see their parents wearing their seatbelts.

Enforce Lifesaving Laws

  • Click it. Or ticket. isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up enforcement and crack down on those who don’t wear their seatbelts.

  • Seatbelt use is required by law for a reason: In 2018, seat belts saved an estimated 30,357 lives.

Face the Facts

  • The national seatbelt use rate in 2019 was 90.7 percent, which is good—but we can do better. The other 9.3 percent still need to be reminded that seatbelts save lives.

  • Among young adults 18 to 34 killed in crashes in 2018, more than half (58 percent) were completely unrestrained—one of the highest percentages for all age groups.

  • Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2018, 65 percent of the 22,697 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do—52 percent of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 39 percent of women killed in crashes.

  • High-visibility seatbelt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2018, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seatbelts.

Bust the Myths

  • Vehicle type: There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. The numbers say otherwise: 59 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2018 were not buckled. That’s compared to 42 percent of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash.

  • Seating position: Too many people wrongly believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-six percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2018 were unrestrained, but 56 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained.

  • Rural versus urban locations: People who live in rural areas might believe that their crash exposure is lower, but in 2019, there were 16,340 passenger vehicle fatalities in rural locations, compared to 19,595 fatalities in urban locations. 

Click it. Or ticket.—Day and Night

  • High-visibility seatbelt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2019, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seatbelts.


One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seatbelt – the national use rate was at 90.7 percent in 2019. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seatbelt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time. As of 2021, the Kansas seatbelt usage rate is 86%.

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Buckling Up:

  1. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash
    Seatbelts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle; being completely ejected from a vehicle is almost always deadly.

  2. Air bags are designed to work with seatbelts, not replace them
    If you don’t wear your seatbelt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag. Such force could injure or even kill you. Learn about air bag safety.

  3. Guidelines to buckle up safely
    - The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
    - Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
    - The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach.
    - NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.

  4. Fit matters
    - Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seatbelts are a good fit for you.
    - Ask your dealer about seatbelt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit.
    - If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seatbelt extenders.
    - If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.

  5. Seatbelt safety for children and pregnant women
    Find out when your child is ready to use an adult seatbelt and learn about seatbelt safety when you’re pregnant

Seatbelts During Pregnancy

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