About 20% of Virginia drivers do not wear their seat belts.
In the U.S. overall, 9.6% of drivers do not buckle-up as determined by the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).
- Nationally, seat belt use continues to be lower for males than females.
- Of the 23,824 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2020, 51% were not wearing seat belts — a 4% increase from 2019.
- NHTSA has estimated that, when used, lap/shoulder seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
- Lap/shoulder belts should always be used, even in vehicles with air bags.