- Every hour someone
dies in America simply because they didnít buckle up. Failure to buckle
up contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic
- Increasing seat
belt use is the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and
reduce injuries on Americaís roadways.
- Research shows that if
a driver is unbuckled, 70 percent of the time children riding in that
vehicle wonít be buckled either.
- The nationís
highest-risk drivers, males ages 16 to 25, are the age group least
likely to buckle up.
- Seat belts are the
most effective safety devices in vehicles today, estimated to save 9,500
lives each year. Yet only 68 percent of the motor vehicle occupants are
buckled. In 1996, more than 60 percent of the occupants killed in fatal
crashes were unrestrained.
- On average,
inpatient hospital care costs for an unbelted crash victim are 50
percent higher than those for a belted crash victim.