Despite this popular practice, teens are increasingly not wearing their seat belts, and according to new reports, are finding themselves in fatal situations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all vehicular fatalities suffered by teens show that they were not wearing their seat belt. In addition, they have found that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States.

Safe Kids Worldwide has collected data to further prove just how vitally important it is for changes to be made in teenager’s habits. The organization is constructed of a network of global organizations which have dedicated their time to providing caretakers and parents with resources to protect their children from what they call “unintentional injuries”, which are the leading cause of death to children in the United States.

Recently a survey was conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, with funding from the General Motors Foundation, asking teenagers from ages 13 to 19 why they have not buckled up in the past. Read More: