South Central Health District of Georgia

The South Central Health District

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Buckle Up!

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Safety belt restraints are the most effective form of motor vehicle crash protection.
In the state of Georgia, children eight years old and younger are required to be in a child safety restraint. Individuals age 8 to 17 must use a safety belt in all seats while in a moving motor vehicle. Individuals age 18 and older are required, by law, to use a safety belt while seated in one of the front seats of any motor vehicle, including trucks and pickup trucks.

Fast Facts

  • Everyday about 6,400 adults are injured in a crash.
  • Using a seat belt reduces serious injuries and death by about 50%.
  • In Georgia, seat belt use is at an all time high of around 90%, however usage rates remain lowest in young drivers.
  • Seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008.
  • Forty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2007 were not using a safety belt.
  • Lowest usage rates remain low among teenagers, males, truck drivers, and pick up truck drivers.

Source: National Safety Council

Seat Belt Statistics

Source: Toward Zero Deaths