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Buckle Up

9 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE WEAR SEAT BELTS

9 out of 10 people wear seat belts

Did you know buckling up increases your chances of surviving a crash by almost 50%? That’s why the law is enforced: to protect you. Avoid fines, legal fees, and especially injury by buckling up.

Why Buckle Up?

Because there are lots of “Daves” on the road.

Need more good reasons for wearing your seat belt?

Your chances of living go way up.

Your chances of injury go way down.

Airbags alone will not protect you.

Flying through the windshield is deadly.

Wearing seat belts is the law.

Almost everyone else is doing it.

MYTH OR FACT?

Learn the truth about seat belt safety.

Here are some common myths about buckling up. Make sure you know the facts.

CHECK THE FACTS

MYTH:

Seat belts can trap you.

Crashes that involve fire or water happen only in 1/2 of one percent of all crashes. In those cases, you are far more likely to remain conscious if you wear your seat belt, giving yourself the ability to get out of a potential fire or submerged car situation.

MYTH:

You don't need seat belts if you are driving slowly or going a short distance.

Most crash fatalities occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.

MYTH:

Seat belts can injure you in a crash.

While you could get bruises from wearing a seat belt in a crash, your risk of injury is far more severe without seat belts.

MYTH:

Delaware laws require only the driver in a vehicle to be wearing a seat belt.

Everyone in the vehicle must be buckled up properly, and if not, the driver will be held at fault and issued a ticket.

Unbuckled in the back seat: two things you need to know.

  1. Your back-seat passengers just may kill you.
    Unbuckled back-seat passengers can become projectiles endangering others in the car, especially the driver.
  2. When they don’t buckle up, it costs you.
    The penalty is $25, but with court costs and fees, the ticket will be $83.50. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing seat belts.

Securing the kids isn’t optional.

Delaware requires children to be in a car safety seat, a booster seat or to wear a seat belt, depending on their age, height and weight.

Get the facts on securing the kids properly.

Learn More

Meet a Child Passenger Safety Technician devoted to keeping kids safe in the car.

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What does crashing unbuckled feel like?

At 20 MPH

Silhouette of Mike Tyson Silhouette of Mike Tyson punching someone
Like a knockout punch from Mike Tyson

At 30 MPH

Silhouette of rhino about to ram a human Silhouette of rhino ramming a human
Like getting rammed by a 3.5-ton charging rhino

At 40 MPH

Silhouette of a falling person
Like falling from a six-story building

NASCAR driver Ross Chastain talks watermelon farming, winning and his dedication to driver safety.

 

Watch a multi-award-winning global highway safety campaign video from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.