Traffic Safety Benefit Provided By Illinois Seat Belt Use

On November 22, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release regarding safe travel.  The release highlights the benefits of seat belt usage, especially with regard to fatal crash injuries.

An excerpt from the release, which is titled “Make Buckling Up a Thanksgiving Tradition,” include:

New observational surveys by IDOT show that the statewide seat belt usage rate for front-seat occupants dropped from 95.2 percent in 2015 to 93 percent in 2016, despite a state law enacted in 2012 that requires all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts. State data show that an estimated 421 lives were saved in Illinois in 2015 because of proper seat belt and child safety seat use.

More than half of all traffic fatalities involve someone not wearing a seat belt, according to IDOT statistics. To encourage every motorist to buckle up and drive sober, hundreds of seat belt enforcement zones, roadside safety checks and saturation patrols will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The release also notes the increasing year-to-date number of Illinois traffic crash fatalities.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT media release mentioned above.

Scroll to Top