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. 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 four years (2016-2019), 773 children between the ages of 8 and 17 in vehicles on Oklahoma roads have been killed or seriously injured. Of those, 43 killed and 241 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.