A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported by Moises Mendoza in the Houston Chronicle found that 40 percent of police officers killed in car accidents while on duty were not wearing seat belts at the time. A 2006 study in Journal of Trauma, which analyzed the COPS series, found that police officers use seat belts less than 40 percent of the time.
The Chronicle article said that in Texas alone, five of the 13 officers killed in motor vehicle accidents since 2007 were not wearing seat belts.
The article says that police culture is one reason that police officers due to not wear safety belts. The say that some officers fear that the belts will impede them when they want to get out of their car quickly or that the belts become entangled on a holster.
Hopefully, these studies will convince officers that they are in serious danger of being injured in a car accident and they need to buckle up.