Worn properly, seat belts are your best protection against injury in a crash. That’s why 49 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring people riding in cars to wear seat belts. Only New Hampshire lacks a seat belt law.
More than 90 percent of Americans wear seat belts, and the few who don’t are vulnerable. More than half of vehicle occupants killed in 2012 were not wearing one
(Injury Facts 2014). For 16- to 24-year-olds, seat belt use is significantly lower than other age groups. Unfortunately, teens and young adults also have a higher risk of a crash due to driver inexperience and impaired driving. For information about
teens and seat belts, visit driveithome.org.
Air bags also help reduce injury in crashes, but only when used with seat belts.