Occupant Protection

How Safety Belts Prevent Injuries

Research has shown that safety belts, when used properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to a front-seat passenger by 45 percent. There are 6 primary ways that safety belts help to protect occupants of motor vehicles in crashes.

Project Web Sites

North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Resource Center
Information about North Carolina occupant restraint laws as well as tips for choosing and using child occupant protection.
 
NC Safety Belt Usage
North Carolina has a safety belt usage rate of approximately 86 percent. Through its research on the benefits of belt use, HSRC was instrumental in getting both the adult seat belt law and the child passenger safety law passed in North Carolina.
NC Occupant Restraint Laws
Information about North Carolina occupant restraint laws as well as other laws targeting motor vehicle crash-related deaths and injuries to children, youth and teenagers.
NC Children in the Back of Pickup Trucks Law
NC law allows many children and all persons 12 years of age or older to ride in the back of a pickup truck. However, at no age or size should any child or adult ride unrestrained in the vehicle or ride in a non-belted position such as a pickup truck bed or other cargo area.
NC Safety Belt Law Common Questions
A compilation of frequently asked questions regarding North Carolina’s safety belt law.