The Problem of Passenger Restraint

Drivers and passengers who buckle up are more likely to survive serious motor vehicle crashes and avoid injuries. Don’t believe it? In 2014, of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and restraint use was known, 43.8% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred, according to a Texas Department of Transportation crash highlights report.

Seat belts are the least expensive and most effective way to lower employer costs due to crashes and injuries.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office, in 2015:

  • Of the 311 driver fatalities in Oklahoma (where use of restraint was known) in passenger vehicles and pickup trucks, 51% percent were unrestrained.
  • Of the 116 passenger fatalities in Oklahoma (where use of restraint was known) in passenger vehicles and pickup trucks, 53.4% were unrestrained.

What Employers Can Do

Businesses with a written policy requiring employees to buckle up in a company vehicle or on company business have higher on-the-job safety belt usage.

Employees who are in the habit of using a safety belt during work hours also are more likely to buckle up when they are off the clock.