Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in Wyoming, and each year dozens of residents die simply because they don’t buckle up. Seat belt use rates vary across Wyoming, with an overall statewide estimated compliance rate of 79.8 percent in 2015, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s annual survey.

Proper seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.

Buckle up, for life, Wyoming. And help us spread the word.

“I don’t wear my seat belt because it’s uncomfortable…”

At just 30 mph, a person not wearing a seat belt in a crash has the same experience as falling from a three-story building. Imagine the effect on your body if you’re driving 60 or 70 mph on the interstate!

“…it’s my choice whether or not to wear a seat belt.”

Those who think their choice not to wear a seat belt won’t hurt anyone else may need to think again. When someone doesn’t buckle up they run the risk of being ejected from their seat and hitting someone else riding with them.

“I don’t need to wear a seat belt when I’m in the back…”

The risks of dying in the front seat during a car crash increase fivefold if passengers in the back refuse to wear seat belts. At 30 mph, a typical rear passenger is flung forward with a force of 3.5 tons at impact. That is enough to fatally crush the driver or front seat passenger. And the heavier the passenger, the more damage they can cause.