Seat Belt Use

Definition: Percent of adults who reported they do not always wear a seatbelt when they drive or ride in a car.

Importance
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.

Where We Are
In 2013, 14.5% of adults in Douglas County did not always wear a seat belt when driving. This percentage is lower than the State of Kansas.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013: Men were least likely to wear a seat belt when driving compared to women.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available.

Additional Information
Parents and caregivers can:
  • Use a seat belt on every trip, not matter how short. This sets a good example.
  • Make sure children are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat, or car seat, whichever is appropriate.
  • Have all children ages 12 and under sit in the back seat.
  • Never seat a child in front of an air bag.
Seat Belt Use Trend Analysis
Seat Belt Use Disparity Analysis