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With the summer travel season upon us, GOHS and the GSP will be reminding motorists, there will be increased enforcement to make sure everyone is buckling up and driving sober.

Research shows that with proper belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

Such a simple step can save a life, but too many lives are still being lost because some have still not heeded the seat belt message.



Did you know?

  • In 2012 seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying. From 2008 – 2012 seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • In 2012, 3,031 additional lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • For the first time in five years, fatalities for unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, there were 10,335 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants who died. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • Young adults are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts. Sixty-two percent of 18-to 34-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • Those who drive and ride in pickup trucks may think that their large vehicle will protect them more than other vehicles in a crash. This false sense of security may cause them to not wear their seat belts, but the stats show that this bravado is misplaced. Sixty-six percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled up. That's compared to 45 percent of car occupants who were killed while not wearing their seat belts. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • More men than women die every year in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2012, 65 percent of the 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants killed were men. Men also wore their seat belts less than women in fatal crashes – 56 percent of men were unrestrained, compared to 43 percent for women. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

  • In 2012, 13,268 traffic fatalities occurred in rural locations, compared to 8,341 traffic fatalities that occurred in urban locations. Out of those fatalities, 54 percent of those not wearing their seat belt were in rural locations, compared to 48 percent in urban locations. (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

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