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Buckle Up Montana Coalition

Buckle Up Montana: Saving Lives on Montana Roadways

Buckle Up Montana, an initiative led by the Montana Department of Transportation, aims to promote road safety and protect lives. As part of this statewide effort, the Buckle Up Montana Missoula Coalition stands as one of four prominent coalitions in Montana.

Our mission is clear: to increase the proper utilization of seatbelts and child passenger seats, ultimately saving lives on Montana roadways. By working diligently to raise awareness and encourage responsible seat belt usage, we strive to make a significant impact on road safety within our community.

Wearing a seat belt brings numerous benefits, as highlighted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). Studies indicate that seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by an impressive 45%, along with a 50% decrease in the risk of moderate-to-critical injuries. For light-truck occupants, seat belts prove even more effective, reducing the risk of fatal injury by 60% and moderate-to-critical injuries by 65%.

Join us in the crucial endeavor of promoting seat belt usage and safeguarding lives on Montana's roadways. Together, we can create a culture of safety and make a lasting impact on road crash prevention.

Does Missoula Buckle Up?

Missoula Seatbelt Survey Data

Baby Car Seats

3 out of 4 car seats aren't used correctly.

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NHTSA estimates that correctly used child restraints are even more effective than seat belts in reducing fatalities. Child restraints reduce fatalities by 71% for infants younger than 1-year-old and by 54% for children 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars. In light trucks, the fatality reductions are 58% for infants and 59% for children 1 to 4 years old. Also, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) CPS Fact Sheet reports belt-positioning booster seats reduce the risk of injury of 4 to 8-year-old children in crashes by 45% when compared to the effectiveness of seat belts alone.

For more information directly related to Child Safety Seats, please visit our dedicated Child Passenger Safety Page

Ever play with a Car Crash Calculator?

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Room To Live & Respect-A-Cage Exhibit

This is the tragic story about Jeremy Lugibihl's choice to remove his seatbelt and ride in a vehicle with drunk driver. the profound impact that choice has had on his family, his friends, and our community.  The car that Jeremy was riding in is the vehicle displayed in our Respect-A-Cage Exhibit. 


The Respect-A-Cage exhibit is often displayed at events around the Missoula area to demonstrate that Jeremy had "Room to Live" inside the vehicle if he had been wearing his seatbelt.  Instead, Jeremy was ejected from the vehicle.   The driver of the vehicle was wearing his seatbelt and had "Room to Live" inside the vehicle during the crash. 

Please wear your seatbelt and always choose to drive sober.

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