Seat Belt Use
Montana has secondary law enforcement for safety belt use, meaning that there must be another reason for stopping a vehicle other than noncompliance with safety belt laws before a violation can be charged. Although Montana ranks relatively high for overall seat belt usage among states with secondary law enforcement, (79 percent in 2013 for all roads), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documentation shows that most states with a primary enforcement law have higher compliance rates.
Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan
Montana has established a variety of programs to encourage safety belt use and proper utilization of child safety restraints. New strategies focus on the establishment of a primary safety belt law and targeted enforcement and education for low belt use populations.
- Reduce the five-year average number of unrestrained vehicle occupant fatalities from 126 in 2010 to 98 by 2015.
- Reduce the five-year average number of unrestrained vehicle occupant fatalities and incapacitating injuries from 633 in 2010 to 490 by 2015.
- Increase the annual observed rate of seat belt use of outboard, front seat vehicle occupants from 78.9% in 2010 to 89.3% by 2015.