Seat Belts Save

 

More teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death, about 2,500 per year. Fatalities are split almost equally between teen drivers (56 percent) and passengers (44 percent). In half of the fatal crashes, the teen was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury.

  • Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. (National Safety Council)
  • Every year an estimated 9,500 lives are saved by wearing a seatbelt. (NHTSA)
  • Your chances of surviving a crash are up to 70 percent better if you are wearing a seat belt! (Iowa DOT)

 

Seatbelts - What they actually do:

  • The lap belt and shoulder belt of a seatbelt cross the strongest parts of your body (hips and chest) because they are more able to withstand crash forces.
  • A seatbelt helps to keep the driver at the wheel - where they have a better chance at maintaining control of the vehicle.
  • Seatbelts help keep you where you are proven safest - in your vehicle! Being thrown outside of a vehicle is almost always deadly.
  • Seatbelts reduce the risk of passengers colliding with the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard or even worse other passengers!
  • Seatbelts help reduce risk of injury - The best chance of survival rests in remaining uninjured and conscious. Remaining conscious also means you'll have a better chance of getting out of the vehicle quick if needed.
  • Remember an object in motion stays in motion until a force causes it to change. - Let a seatbelt be what stops you!

 

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