Remember to Wear Your Seat Belt
In reading the online news, I saw that a man was killed on July 30, 2020, in a Nephi Canyon rollover crash that left his passenger critically injured in a hospital.
About 8:42 a.m., the man was eastbound in a 1999 Ford Explorer on state Route 132 in Nephi Canyon when he drifted on the right side of the road, Utah Department of Public Safety officials said in a news release.
The driver then overcorrected after returning to the road and drove across both travel lanes and off the westbound shoulder, causing the car to roll several times before resting on its roof.
The driver and passenger both had seatbelts on, officials said.
The Importance of seat belts.
My point to this blog, and in highlighting the tragedy above, is the Importance of seatbelts. Did you know that:
Of the 37,133 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47% were not wearing seat belts. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing a seat belt.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 34. The most reliable method of saving lives and preventing injuries from occurring is to wear a seat belt. However, millions of drivers and passengers choose not to wear seat belts on everyday occasions. Various statistics regarding seat belt usage include:
- Seat belts can reduce injury and death rates by 50%
- Adults aged 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than those 35 or older
- Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women
- In 2011, 58% of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt
- Teens have the lowest seat belt use of any other age group
According to the Naval Safety Center, only 1% of passengers wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash. Consequently, whether you’re in the driver’s seat, the passenger’s seat, or riding in the back, wearing a seat belt is equally important.
Most of all, not wearing a seat belt is against the law and could cause you to lose your life or be seriously injured.