DUI Task Force - Why Wear a Seat Belt
Why wear a seat belt?
In 2011, 50% of Montana traffic fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.
That represents the death of 94 Montana sons, daughters, father or mothers.
At least half of them would probably
still be alive today
if they had been wearing a seat belt.
• Vehicles are designed to protect you in the passenger compartment in a crash (it's called, "Room to Live" for good reason). If you are ejected you loose that protection, and are 25 times more likely to die or be permanently injured.
• In a crash, a passenger who is not wearing a seat belt can slam into a belted passenger causing death or permanent injury.
• The law (and common sense) require the use of a seat belt for all passengers riding in a motor vehicle.
• Less than 1% of traffic crashes involved fire or water.
• Even at low speeds, vehicle occupants can be killed or permanently injured in a crash. More crashes occur in town than on the highway because that is where traffic interactions occur---drivers entering and leaving traffic, changing lanes, stopping, turning, etc. To help insure that your short trip to the store doesn't turn into a lengthy stay in the hospital...buckle up for every trip!
• Does the seat belt law impinge on an individuals right to choose? If you are killed or permanently injured in a car crash, does that affect only you? Consider:
- The effect on friends and family who have to watch you suffer, might have to decided to end life-support, or might have to alter their lives to care for you if you suffer a permanent injury.
- The effect on your employer who has to hire, train, and pay a replacement worker while at the same time paying your sick leave.
- The effect of your death upon the community that has to fill the void of the family provider or care giver, helpful neighbor, supportive friend, etc.
|Vehicle occupants who are NOT wearing a seat belt are much more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than those who were wearing their seat belt.|
|Of those not wearing a seat belt in a crash:|
|33% suffered a serious injury|
|Of those who were wearing a seat belt in a crash:|
|18% were seriously injured|
|less than 1% died|
|Missoula County, Jan 1-Aug 11, 2011, MT Dept Transportation|
That's why most of us wear a seatbelt.
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