Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety

little girl in car seat
Be Seat Smart website
Get practical tips to keep kids safe in cars.


Vermont's Child Passenger Safety Program, Be Seat Smart, is designed to draw attention to the importance of child car seats and to help caregivers understand the 4 Stages of Seat Safety for every child.

Child safety seats can be confusing for caregivers, and many carseats are not properly installed. Certified safety technicians are available to help you for free at Fitting Stations throughout Vermont and at special Car Seat Check events. 

Video of Chris Bell, Director of the Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response and Injury Prevention at the Vermont Department of Health, discussing the Be Seat Smart Program. Video produced by the Vermont Agency of Transportation


Seat Belts

  • In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,688 lives for occupants age 5 years and older.
  • An estimated 328 lives (child occupants 4 old and younger) were saved using child restraints, and 1,859 lives were saved by the use of motorcycle helmets.
  • The national seat belt use rate is 90.1%. In 2016, another 2,456 lives would have been saved in the US if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts. Vermont's reported observed seat belt use was 80% in 2016, 10% lower than the national average.
  • A 2013 data brief on seatbelt use in Vermont shows that 83% of surveyed Vermonters said they always wear a seatbelt.

For more information on Vermont Occupant Protection data and reports, visit