While seatbelts aren’t always the most comfortable, they significantly reduce the risk of serious injury and death in the event of an accident. It’s important to recognize that vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the first three decades of life in the United States. If a person decides to forgo their seatbelt and ends up in an accident, the consequences can be devastating.
Even though most drivers and passengers in the U.S. wear a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle, there are still millions who do not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 83 percent of Mississippi drivers wear a seatbelt. That is three percent lower than the national average. This is why Mississippi has established seat belt laws that define what is and is not allowed while riding in a car, truck, or another vehicle.