|Every hour someone dies in America simply because they didn't wear a safety belt. Safety belts are the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries, and sadly, many adults and children aren't using them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 5,500 lives could be saved each year by increasing the level of safety belt use in the United States to 90 percent. Yet, only 68 percent of Americans wear safety belts. By contrast, Germany stands at 95 percent.
Adults who don't use safety belts may think that their behavior only affects them, but they're wrong. Studies consistently show that there is correlation between adult belt use and child belt use. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when a driver is buckled, 94 percent of the time children in that vehicle are buckled; but, when a driver is unbuckled, only 30 percent of child passengers are buckled.