Wearing Seat Belts Do you know that every hour someone dies in crash simply from not buckling his or her seat belt and you can be a victim if you do not simply buckle it when you get in your car?
The first thing everyone should do after sitting in their car is buckle their seat belts. Too many unnecessary loses of life occur each year for the simple reason people just do not wear seat belts. It is a confirmed fact that using a seat belt saves lives and prevents serious injuries. To further respect the importance of seatbelts, it would be helpful to understand the problems of not using a seat belt, and finally benefits of using a seat belt.
In 2006, 55% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing seat belts. Seat belt use, reinforced by effective safety belt laws, is a proven life saver.
Approximately 35,000 people die in motor vehicle crashes each year. About 50 percent (17,000) of these people could be saved if they wore their safety belts. For maximum protection safety belts should be fastened before traveling any distance or speed. Seventy-five percent of crash deaths and injuries occur within 25 miles of home. More than half of all injury-producing motor vehicle crashes involve low speeds under 40 M.P.H. In a 30 M.P.H. collision an unbelted 160 lb. person can strike another passenger, crash through a windshield and/or slam into the vehicle's interior with a 4,800 lb. force. For every one percent increase in safety belt use, 172 lives and close to $100 million in annual injury and death costs could be saved. Children are the most seriously injured in a crash for not wearing seat belts.
History of seat belts primary enforcement seatbelts laws make a big difference in getting more people to buckle up. Individuals’ government and health professionals can help promote safety. A state law