Montana Safety Belt Information


Fast Facts

  • Observed safety belt usage in Montana was 78.9% (June 2010)
  • During 2009, 221 vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes alone.
  • The majority of those (71%) were not wearing safety belts.
  • Of the 221 people who died in automobile accidents in Montana, two-thirds (more than 66%) were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Inattentive driving, careless driving and cell phone use contributed to 45% of all crashes in Montana.

Belt Usage by Vehicle Type

  • Safety belt usage is much lower in pickups: about 63%.
  • Over 83% of people killed in pick-up crashes were not buckled.
  • Pick-ups and SUVs have a higher incidence of rollovers, where the possibility of being ejected increases.

–Printed from the Greater Gallatin Safety Coalition


Car Seat Safety

For information about Montana Car Seat Laws and Car Seat Safety, click here.