Fleet Safety Newsletter – May 2016

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Is Your Seat Belt Fastened?

National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization

May 16 – June 5, 2016 (Paid Advertising)
May 23 – June 5, 2016 (Enforcement Period)

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. More than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes.

Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.

Statistics show that seat belts save lives.  When used correctly, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45%, and risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.  For those riding in the rear of vans and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) during a car crash, rear seat belts are 73% better at preventing fatalities.  Keep in mind that victims are not properly restrained in more than one-half of all fatal car accidents. Also, children are likely to be buckled 92% of the time when adults in the car use seat belts, as opposed to 72% of the time when adults are not using them

What is the impact of seat belt use?

  • Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.
  • Air bags provide added protection, but are not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults.

Who is least likely to wear a seat belt?

  • Of the teens (aged 13-20 years) that died in crashes, approximately 55% of them were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
  • Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults age 35 or older.
  • Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women.
  • Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% use).
  • Seat belt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws or no seat belt laws (80%) compared to states with primary enforcement laws (89%).3

What is your excuse?

All occupants of the vehicle should use their safety belt.  The effects of a collision do not respect age or sex of the victim.  No one is immune from crashes or the injuries associated with them.  What about a crash involving a fire or submersion?  Wearing safety belts can improve your chances of surviving, even in the rare event your vehicle is on fire or submerged, sine the likelihood of losing consciousness and sustaining a serious injury is reduced by up to one third.  This greatly enhances your opportunity to escape the vehicle.


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