Seat Belts Save Lives

National research has found that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, 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. For light-truck occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent.

Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes in 2010, 78 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. Seat belts are effective in preventing total ejections; only 1 percent of the occupants reported to have been using restraints were totally ejected, compared with 32 percent of the unrestrained occupants.

90.1% of Alaska drivers and passengers were using a seat belt during a 2017 observational study of seat belt use conducted in the Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Juneau, Kenai, and Matanuska-Susitna regions.

Alaska’s Statewide Observational Seatbelt Use

Unbelted motor vehicle fatalities in Alaska 2006-2012*
Unbelted Fatalities (fatalities in seatbelt equipped vehicles only):
Percentage

37%

53%

54%

30%

35%

55%*

39%*

Number

17

28

23

12

13

26*

14*

* Numbers are preliminary and subject to change
** State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Highway Analysis System (HAS)
*** National Occupant Protection Use Survey – Alaska Injury Prevention Center

All of the above fatality numbers are compiled by the Alaska Highway Safety Office,

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Seat Belts Save Lives…

Seat Belt Use in Alaska 

In 2010, 63 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants ages 25 to 34 killed in traffic crashes were not using restraints — the highest percentage out of all age groups. NHSTA 2012

For more seat belt use evaluations, visit our seat belt use reports page.