When Parents Don’t Wear Seatbelts


A recent study found that parents who buckle up are more likely to make sure that when their kids are riding with them they are buckled up, too. More specifically, it found that in both fatal and nonfatal motor vehicle crashes, drivers who did not wear their seatbelts were more likely to have unrestrained passengers of all ages than drivers who did wear their seatbelts. 

This makes sense, since in most cases the driver makes the rules for all passengers and when kids are involved, if you remember your own seatbelt it will remind you to check theirs.

The Study

For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked at fatal and nonfatal crashes which occurred from 2011 to 2015 and involved passengers under 20 years old. It only included crashes that were serious enough to require a tow truck. Researchers found that in crashes where the driver was not wearing a seatbelt:

  • Passengers 15and under were 16 times more likely to be unrestrained
  • Passengers ages 16 to 19 were 53 times more likely to be unrestrained

Read the full article here.

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