Nearly 15% of Virginia drivers do not wear their seat belts. In the U.S. overall, 11.5% of drivers do not buckle-up as determined by the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).
- Nationally, Seat belt use continued to be lower for males (87.7%) than females (92.0%) in 2018.
- In 2018, seat belt use continued to be lower among 16- to 24-year-olds (87.6%) than other age groups.
- 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.