The Iowa Department of Public Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are urging drivers and passengers both to be safe while driving Memorial Day weekend.
Last year, there were four traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend.
According to the NHTSA, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide in 2017.
From May 20 to June 2, state and local law enforcement agencies will be stepping up seat belt enforcement.
NHSTA Seat Belt Myth Busters
Vehicle Type: There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. Fifty-nine percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2017 were not buckled compared to 42 percent of car occupants.*
Seating Position: Too many people believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-six percent of all front-seat passenger killed in 2017 crashes were unbelted but 56 percent of those killed in the back seat were unbelted.*
Rural versus Urban: People who live in rural areas might believe that their chance of being in a crash is lower but in 2017 there were 12,786 passenger vehicle fatalities in rural locations compared to 10,316 fatalities in urban locations. Of those fatalities, 49 percent of those killed in rural locations were not wearing their seat belts compared to 44 percent in urban locations.*
(*National data supplied by NHTSA)