Friday, January 7, 2011

Friendly Reminder to Buckle Up!

Good news! Seatbelt use among American adults is at an all-time high of 85% reporting that they wear seatbelts on a regular basis. In 1982, that number was only 11%! Looks like more and more people are realizing the importance of wearing a seatbelt. However, not surprisingly, more and more police officers are pulling people over for not wearing a seat belt. 1 in 7 adults still report that they do not buckle up on the road. Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death of people 5-34 years old in the U.S.? You owe it to yourself and your family to wear one! 

Here are some more statistics about seat belts: 
  • 80% of all death to children in a motor vehicle accident could be prevented by properly securing the safety harnesses and seatbelts. (James Madison University)
  • As many as 17,000 people could be saved every year by wearing a seatbelt. (James Madison University)
  • For survivors, average medical costs are 50% higher for those not wearing a seatbelt. (
  • Of the 32,598 passengers killed in 2002 as the result of an automobile crash, almost 60% were not wearing seatbelts. (Naval Safety Center)
  • Only 1% of passengers who were restrained were ejected from car seats during a car crash. Of those ejected (restrained and unrestrained), 73% were killed. (Naval Safety Center)
Drive safe! -Joe

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