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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:

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
  2% died
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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