New York State Police

Costs: Lives and Dollars

Nationally, 51 percent of the 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved more than 12,500 lives nationwide.

With proper seat belt use, research shows that the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

Buckling Up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

Vehicle occupants who did NOT USE SEAT BELTS or CHILD SAFETY SEATS were:

A public health issue

Traffic crashes are the: