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Wearing seat belts is the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes!!!

Wearing seat belts is the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes.

Safety belt use has increased significantly in the past few years, but even more must be done to get the remaining non-users to buckle up. Safety belt use in the United States rose to 79 percent in 2003, from 58 percent in 1994. [NHTSA, Safety Belt Use in 2003, September 2003]

In 2002, police filed reports on an estimated 6.3 million traffic crashes. The police reports indicated that approximately 2.9 million people were injured, 42,815 people were killed, and property damage was sustained in an estimated 4.3 million of these crashes.

The economic cost of motor vehicle crashes (police-reported and nonreported crashes) that occurred in 2000 totaled $230.6 billion.  When vehicle occupants did not wear safety belts, the potential costs increased because unbelted crash victims sustained more severe injuries and more fatalities than belted crash victims. Belted crash victims average 60 to 80 percent lower hospital costs than unbelted crash victims.

In 2002, a total of 17,651 (54 percent) of passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in a crash were reported not to have used a safety belt or child safety seat.

Wearing seat belts is the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes.

Make a Pledge....Wear Your Seatbelts!!!  For more information on tri-state laws and seat belt campaigns, visit:

Buckle Up Kentucky

Click it or Ticket Indiana

Click it or Ticket Ohio

Source...HHTSA.  For more information on Motor Vehicle Occupant Protection Click Here

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