SEAT BELTS

DON’T SKIP THE CLICK

WHY CLICK

Taking a couple seconds to properly buckle up can reduce the risk of serious injury and death—not to mention it’s illegal to be in the front seat of a vehicle without a seat belt on in South Dakota. If you’re not buckling up for your own safety, buckle up for your loved ones. You can’t plan when crashes happen. Be prepared and buckle up.

YOU CAN’T PLAN CRASHES

Taking a couple seconds to properly buckle up can reduce the risk of serious injury and death—not to mention it’s illegal to be in the front seat of a vehicle without a seat belt on in South Dakota. If you’re not buckling up for your own safety, buckle up for your loved ones. You can’t plan when crashes happen. Be prepared and buckle up.

62.5
%
of SD fatalities in 2020 were unrestrained
45
%
more likely to avoid fatal injury when wearing a seat belt in the front seat
69
%
of South Dakotans reported always wearing a seat belt in 2018. This is 18 percentage points below the national average
598
people died from 2011 to 2020 in SD crashes while not wearing a seat belt

YOU’VE GOT THIS

Make it a habit to not start driving until all occupants of your vehicle are buckled up. This is a great way to set an example for children and for others. Another way to help remind yourself is to put a colored ribbon or rubber band around your gear selector. Before you place your car in drive, you’ll see it and be reminded of the importance of this life-saving measure. And to think, that one click could be the difference between life and death.

Join the List

Subscribe to our emails to stay up to date on safe driving tips, news, events, seasonal information and giveaways from the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety.