Questions & Answers
Q: "How many Kansans have been saved by
wearing their safety belts?"
According to the Kansas
Department of Transportation (KDOT), since 1982, it is estimated that
Kansans were saved by wearing their belt.
Q: "What are the economic costs associated with
not wearing a safety belt?"
The National Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
states, that on average, the hospital costs for an
unbuckled crash victim are 50% higher than those for a belted victim.
Society bears about 85% of
these costs, not the individual involved.
Q: "If you have an airbag, do you really need
to wear your safety belt?"
Airbags are designed to be supplemental safety devices,
meaning they are to be used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt.
In a crash, the airbag comes out of the dashboard at the force of over
Q: "How many lives have been saved by
In 2000, an estimated, 1,584 U.S. lives were
saved by air bags. From 1987 to 2000, a total of 6,553 lives were saved.
Q: "What distance should there be between someone
and an airbag?"
Ten to 12 inches from the center of the steering
wheel to your breastbone. Push seat as far back as possible, slightly
recline back of seat and tilt steering wheel down, pointing the airbag
at your chest.
Q: "Should a rear-facing child safety seat ever
be placed in front of an airbag?"
Rear-facing child safety seats should never be placed
in front of an airbag, serious injury or death could result. In addition,
the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain rear-facing
until they are:
1) ONE year old
2) at least 20 pounds.
Q: "Why are children still dying in crashes?"
Not all children are secured or properly restrained
in a child safety seat or safety belt. Approximately 88% of child safety
seats are used incorrectly. In Kansas, only 81% of children under four
and 57% of children ages four to 14 are restrained by a child safety seat
or safety belt.
Q: "What is the Kansas law for the use of child
The Child Passenger Safety Act states that children
under four must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat.
Children ages four but under 14, must be protected by a safety belt, regardless
of the seating position. This is a primary violation. Kansas law also
prohibits children under the age of 14 from riding on or in any vehicle
or portion of a vehicle not specifically designed for passengers, this
includes the back of pickup trucks.
Q: Who do you contact regarding seat belt education?
Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office