So my question to you then is, why don’t you wear your seat belt? A seat belt is the single most effective safety device in your vehicle that will prevent death and injury. According to the CDC, seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries & deaths by about 50 percent. According to the National Safety Council, seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008. In 2012 alone, 12,000 lives were saved by seat belts. The NHTSA believes that if all passengers wore their seat belts in 2012, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved.
Not only will a seat belt potentially save you, but it is also the law to wear one. Starting May 19th, officers nationwide will begin to crack down on drivers not wearing their seat belts for the Click It or Ticket campaign.
The Click It or Ticket campaign has helped raise seat belt awareness for years. In 2009, seat belt usage averaged about 88 percent compared to 69 percent in 1998. The goal of the campaign is to get 100 percent usage in safety belts across all age groups.
According to the CDC, adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults 35 or older. If you have a teenager or young adult in your family, make sure to remind them to wear their seat belts. 9 out of 10 drivers will put their seat belt on once asked to do so. Men are also 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts than women, so be sure to always remind your husband about his seatbelt.
The Martindale Law Group will be an active participant in the Click It or Ticket campaign throughout the next month. Continue to check out Facebook and Twitter for fact, tips, and updates regarding seat belt usage and safety.