Seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017.*
Minnesota's primary seat belt law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions to buckle up or be seated in the correct child restraint. Today's passenger vehicles are designed with all kinds of safety features, including complex airbag systems and purposefully engineered crumple zones. But all that technology can't save you if your seat belt isn't buckled.
*Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts Research Note DOT HS 812 875, December 2019
Since Minnesota's seat belt law was passed in 2009, countless lives have been saved.
In 2008, 152 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads. In 2019, that number decreased to 72, a drop of 52.6%.
From 2004 to 2008, 51% of all traffic fatalities (1,008) were known to be unbelted motorists. Between 2014 and 2018, that number decreased to 34% (446).
According to the 2019 Minnesota Observational Seat Belt Survey, 93.4% of front seat occupants were wearing their seat belts.