While the goal is to decrease unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, occupants are still choosing to forgo using safety restraints. In 2021 and so far in 2022, the number of fatalities has been rising. The rise in unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities has risen with those numbers.
This number is pulled directly from the law enforcement crash reports. It is the number of people who had an available seatbelt to use, but did not and were fatally injured in a crash that calendar year.