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My Take - Seat Belts

I read an interesting article the other day. Did you know that 70 percent of people who die in traffic crashes are not wearing a seat belt?    What surprised me is how high that number is.  It’s been clear for a long time that taking a second or two to put on your seatbelt is a really good idea.  Did you know that 1 in 3 people will be injured in a motor vehicle accident if they are not wearing a seat belt, while only 1 in 8 people will be injured if they are wearing a seat belt?  An unbelted occupant of a 30 mph car crash hits the windshield or other interior car surface with the same impact as a fall from a three-story building.  People without seat belts have been killed at speeds as low as 12 mph.  The effectiveness of an air bag system drops 40 percent when a seat belt is not used.  Seat belts would have saved the lives of more than one-half of the car passengers killed each year.  So remember, take a couple of seconds and put your seat belt on every time you drive a vehicle.  Your life may depend on it.

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