SEAT BELT FACTS

Lap-shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injuries by 50%, depending on the type of vehicle and seating position involved. For light truck occupants, safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60% and moderate-to-critical injury by 65%.(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 2005)

Seat belts are credited with preventing an estimated 15,434 fatalities in 2004. If all passenger vehicle occupants over age 4 wore safety belts, 21,273 lives could have been saved in 2004. (NHTSA, 2005)

If all passengers were to wear their seat belts, an additional 5,839 fatalities could have been prevented in 2004. (NHTSA, 2005)

Six out of ten children who died in passenger vehicle crashes were unbelted. (NHTSA, 2005)

The needless deaths and injuries that result from non-use of seat belts cost society an estimated $26 billion annually in medical care, lost productivity and other injury related costs. (NHTSA, 2002)

The needless deaths and injuries that result from non-use of seat belts cost society an estimated $26 billion annually in medical care, lost productivity and other injury related costs. (NHTSA, 2002)

Average inpatient costs for traffic crash victims who did not use seat belts were 50% higher than for victims who were belted. (NSC, 2001)

(source : http://www.saferoads.org)

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One response to “SEAT BELT FACTS

  1. andrea

    this is for your own good!!!!!

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