Date published: May 18, 2012
In 2010, approximately 22,000 passenger vehicle occupants (excluding motorcyclists) died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, representing 67% of all motor vehicle crash deaths (/). An additional 2.7 million occupants were treated for injuries in emergency departments in the United States (2). Although seat belt use in the United States is now estimated at 85%, millions of persons continue to travel unrestrained (3). Using a seat belt is one of the most effective means of preventing serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives in 2010. If everyone had been buckled up, approximately 3,300 additional lives could have been saved (4).
Click It or Ticket, a national campaign coordinated annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to increase the proper use of seat belts, takes place May 21-June 3, 2012. Law enforcement agencies across the nation will conduct intensive, high -visibility enforcement of seat belt laws, during both daytime and nighttime hours. Campaign activities in 20 1 2 continue to focus on young adult men (aged 1 8-34 years), a group that is less likely to wear seat belts and more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle crash than others (2,3) . Additional information regarding activities for the 2012 Click It or Ticket campaign is available from NHTSA online at http://www.nhtsa.gov. Additional information on preventing motor-vehicle crash injuries is available from CDC at http: //WWW. cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety.
1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2010 motor vehicle crashes: overview. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation; 2012. Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/811552.pdf. Accessed May 9, 2012.
2. CDC. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars. Accessed May 9, 2012.
3- CDC. Vital signs: nonfatal, motor vehicle-occupant injuries (2009) and seat belt use (2008) among adults - United States. MMWR 2001; 59:1681-6.
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lives saved in 2010 by restraint use and minim u m -drinking -age laws. Washington, DC: US Department ofTransportation; 2012. Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa. dot.gov/pubs/81 1580.pdf. Accessed May 9, 2012.