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It's all about saving lives...

In Montana, 7 out of 10 people killed in crashes each year are unbuckled. Those who died might be alive today if only they had been wearing their seat belts. You can help solve this statewide health issue. Remember, buckle up for every trip, every time—even on short trips at low speeds. A simple click is all it takes to save a life.

 

 

 


  • Seat belts dramatically reduce risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.
  • Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a crash die from their injuries.  Many of those who don't die will have permanent, debilitating injuries.
  • Seat belts saved almost 13,000 lives in the US in 2009.  If all drivers and passengers had worn seat belts that year, almost 4,000 more moms and dads, sisters and brothers and best friends would be alive today.

 Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

The Missoula City-County Health Department is the Lead Agency for the Missoula County Buckle Up Montana Coalition - one of twelve Coalitions in the State. Buckle Up Montana is a safety movement from the Montana Department of Transportation.

Committees

2014 Quarterly Reports - includes Missoula Seat Belt Survey; Saved by the Belt award nominations.

 

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Partners

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Upcoming meetings

The Missoula County Buckle Up Montana Coalition meets the first Tuesday of the month, from 1 pm - 2:30 pm, at Missoula Rural Fire District Station No. 1, 2521 South Avenue West. Meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming events

Teen Seat Belt Radio Commercial Contest through KKVU-FM.  Deadline May 31, 2014.

National Teen Driver Safety Week - Oct. 19-25.

 

 

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Workplaces and seatbelts

You can remind your customers to buckle up. The Missoula County Buckle Up Montana Coalition is offering these FREE "We Care - Buckle Up" parking lot signs to area businesses.  They are printed on aluminum and suitable for posting outdoors.

To order a sign, contact:
Lonie Hutchison, Coalition Coordinator
Missoula City-County Health Department
406-258-3880

Workplace seat belt policies

Worksite Wellness

 

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Child passenger safety

Children aged 4 to 8 who are properly restrained in Belt Positioning Booster seats were 45% less likely to sustain injuries than similarly aged children who were using the vehicle seat belt.
Journal of Pediatrics

Studies have shown that car seats significantly lower the risk of serious injury in children.  Incapacitating injuries among children under 8 years old was almost three times higher for unrestrained children.  In side impact collisions, where the child was seated on the side of the vehicle that was struck, unrestrained children were eight times more likely to suffer an incapacitating injury than restrained children.   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Safety seat check-up stations - Missoula and Hamilton - if you are uncertain about whether or not your child's seat is installed correctly.

Top 5 problems - when installing child safety seats.

Find out if your child's safety seat is installed correctly:

FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS
Call 406-579-6172 to schedule an appointment
2013 2014
July 13 January 11
August 10 February 8
September 14 March 8
October 12 April 12
November 9 May 10
December 14 June 14

Held at Missoula Rural District - 2521 South Ave. West

 

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Teen seat belt use

Plan 2 Live - on Facebook

Teens and Safer Driving

 

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Adult seat belt use

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Quick facts

How does Montana compare to other states for seat belt usage?  What affect does a primary seat belt law have on usage rates?  2010 usage rates by state from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A 2010-2012 analysis of Montana unbuckled crash occupants found that:

Consequently, yearly medical care costs paid by state or federal sources for unbuckled crash occupants were over $5 million for injuries that could have been prevented with use of seatbelts (averages from combined Medicaid, Medicare, & Indian Health Services costs).  Montana Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Report

Data from the Missoula Area Community Transportation Safety Plan collected from 2007-2011:

In severe-injury crashes:

Of the severe-injury crashes that occurred at an intersection:
Of severe injury crashes in which alcohol was involved:
Crashes by time of day:
Other statistics:

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A 2011 survey at 11 major intersections in Missoula indicated that 79% of drivers were wearing a seat belt.  That means that 21% of drivers were gambling that they wouldn't be in a serious crash.

Contact

Lonie Hutchison, Coalition Coordinator
Missoula City-County Health Department
406-258-3880

 

Related links

Child Safety Seats - How to use them, and installation check-up events.

Child Passenger Safety Training - become a certified child passenger safety technician. Classes available in several Montana cities, April - July 2012.  Click on "Find a Course".

Missoula DUI Task Force

Effectiveness of Seatbelt Use - National safety council

Child Safety Seat Report 2012 - from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Missoula Measures - selected data, links and other information on scores of topics related to health and quality of life in Missoula, Montana.

 

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