Every day seat belts save lives. While the numbers show that the national average of people wearing seat belts is increasing, there are still those out there that do not take this step to ensure their safety. Groups that are less likely to wear seat belts include teens, people who have been drinking, people driving at night, pickup truck drivers, males in rural areas, and commercial drivers.
Why is wearing a seat belt so important?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a seat belt can reduce one’s risk of crash injuries by 50%
Between the years 2004 and 2008 they have saved more than 75,000 lives.
Increasing seat belt use is the single most effective thing one can do to save lives and to reduce injuries.
Air bags provide added protection but are not a substitute for seat belts. Airbags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults.
Wearing a seat belt while you are in a vehicle is an important habit to develop. If you are a parent, the best way to get your child to develop proper seat belt habits is for you to practice them yourself. No one knows what will happen in that split second of your accident. Wearing a seat belt helps to reduce your injury risk and to keep you safe.