This is a sad and unnecessary statistic. It sounds trite, but seat belts save lives.
Seat belt use in
In 2007, 79.8 percent of vehicle occupants used seat belts in
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In 2011, lawmakers narrowly rejected legislation to return
The bureau's data show that fatalities among unrestrained passengers increased from 64 in 2005 to 76 in 2012, the last year the bureau posted data. Fewer people, 45, died in alcohol-related crashes in 2012 and only slightly more, 78, died in crashes that were attributed to speed.
Although unrestrained vehicle occupants account for just 13 percent of the total nationwide, they accounted for nearly half -- 45 percent -- of deaths in 2014. Younger people, especially those ages 13 to 15 and 25 to 34, were the most likely to be unbuckled and more likely to die, according to
One of the biggest benefits of seat belts is that they prevent people from being ejected from vehicles when a crash occurs. Three of the people killed in
People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash, according to the
An analysis of 1,864 motor vehicle trauma patients at
The solution is simple. When you get in your vehicle, buckle up and make sure all your passengers do, too. It could save your life.
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