Maryland's Occupant Protection Program has been a highlight of state traffic safety efforts for many years. In 2014, the observed statewide seat belt use in Maryland was 92.1%, an increase from 90.7% observed in 2013. With particular emphasis on young drivers, back seat riders and pickup truck drivers, Maryland's partners are committed to educating the public on the benefits of properly using a seat belt and aggressively enforcing Maryland's primary seat belt law.
- There were 119 fatal crashes in Maryland involving at least one unrestrained occupant.
- Nearly 40% of those killed in a crash were known to be unbelted at the time of the crash.
Click it or Ticket is a law enforcement effort to cite those who are not buckled up. Not only are tickets issued to unbelted motorists, the effort also publicizes the fact that people are likely to get a ticket. Maryland’s law enforcement officers are active in Click it or Ticket and the campaign is supported by national radio and television media.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries, the number one killer of children aged 14 and under. Maryland's SAFE KIDS sponsor child safety seat checks, coordinate press events, and maintain information for parents and caregivers to keep children safe while traveling