Of Course Children Should Wear Seatbelts
Yet, in Oklahoma, It's Not a Law!
As the nation’s #1 advocate for motorists, AAA believes child passenger safety is of the utmost importance. House Bill 2791, now before the state legislature, aims to protect Oklahoma’s children ages 8 to 17 by requiring them to wear seat belts while riding in the back seat.
Oklahoma is currently the ONLY state in the nation that doesn’t require seatbelts for children in this age group in the back seat. Yet, motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for Oklahoma children in this age range. Research shows that seat belts reduce the risk of injury and death by 50%.
In the past five years, 1,136 children between the ages of 8 and 17 in vehicles on Oklahoma roads have been killed or seriously injured. 645 of those killed and 38% of those seriously injured were NOT wearing a seat belt, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
In a world where safety is the highest priority, the law would require seatbelts for all persons in seats at all ages, as AAA recommends.
Your support is needed NOW!
Please click one or both of the TAKE ACTION buttons to the right to contact your lawmaker and ask them to vote yes on House Bill 2791, which will protect children under the age of 18 with seat belts in the back seats of vehicles.
Visit OKSeatbelts.org to learn more.