Buckle Up Montana
In Montana, 7 out of 10 people killed in crashes each year are unbuckled. Those who died might be alive today if only they had been wearing their seat belts. You can help solve this statewide healthcare issue. Remember, buckle up every trip, every time—even on short trips at low speeds. A simple click is all it takes to save a life.
Stay in your seat
In addition to keeping occupants from flying around the vehicle or through the windshield, seat belts perform another important function. If you’re the driver, your seat belt will help you to stay in your seat where you have a better chance of maintaining or regaining control of your vehicle.
Seat belts in rollovers
Rollovers are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. The chance you will sustain a fatal injury in a rollover is many times higher if you are ejected, and that’s where seat belts can make a difference. While vehicles are designed to absorb the energy from rollover impacts, they offer little protection if seat belts are not used, allowing occupants to be ejected.
The State of Montana requires that ALL children MUST be riding in and correctly using an appropriate child safety restraint system. Children under age six or weighing less than 60 pounds must be in a car seat or booster seat; older children must be wearing a seat belt. Individuals that do not provide or use child restraints can be fined or even charged with child endangerment.
If you have questions about child safety seats or would like help correcting installing your child’s car seat, please call Mary Kay Burns at CCHD at 452-0881 x304 or visit CCHD’s Safe Kids Cascade County program online.
Don’t become a statistic—buckle up.
For more information visit www.buckleupmt.gov