Seat belt statistics speak for themselves. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a car accident by 45 percent and of sustaining a critical injury by 50 percent. Yet many drivers still don't buckle up. A new study may shed some light on how to fix this problem – it found that teen drivers and passengers in states with primary seat belt laws are more likely to use their seat belts.
Often promoted as "click it or ticket," primary seat belt laws mean that a driver can be pulled over and charged solely for not wearing a seat belt. This differs from secondary laws which mean police officers must stop a driver for a different reason, such as speeding, in order to ticket for being unbelted.