WHAT OKLAHOMANS REALLY THINK: POLL CONDUCTED NOVEMBER 2019
Poll Results: 81% of Oklahomans Support Seat Belt Law for Children Ages 8–17 Riding in the Back Seats of Passenger Vehicles
82% would be disappointed if their lawmakers did not support such a law.
Oklahoma only state in the nation without such a law
A poll of 600 Oklahomans,18 years or older with a valid U.S. driver's license, was conducted November 1-3, 2019, by Public Policy Polling on behalf of AAA Club Alliance with a margin of error of +/- 4%.
- 94% are aware that, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, half of deaths and serious injuries in car crashes can be prevented with proper use of seat belts.
- 68% are not aware that Oklahoma is the only state that does not require children 8 to 17 years old to wear seat belts in the back seats of passenger vehicles.
- 89% are concerned that Oklahoma ranks among the 10 worst states for protecting children 8 to 17 years old with seat belts in the back seats of passenger vehicles.
- 70% believe that for Oklahoma’s to be a “Top 10 State”, it has to have a law to protect children 8 to 17 years old with the use of seat belts in the back seats of passenger vehicles with exemptions for licensed farm vehicles.
- 81% of respondents support an Oklahoma law to protect children 8 to 17 years old with the use of seat belts in the back seats of passenger vehicles in the 2020 legislative session with exemptions for licensed farm vehicles.
- When asked about their feelings about finding out that some Oklahoma lawmakers do not support a law to protect children 8 to 17 years old in the back seats of passenger vehicles with seat belts, 82% said they would be disappointed that their lawmakers did not support a seat belt law.