Policy impact; seat belts
Published Date:January 2011
Corporate Authors:National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (U.S.), Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.
Description:Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death In the first three decades of American's lives. In 2009alone, crashes killed over 33,000 people and injured another 2.2 million— more than 70% of these were in passenger vehicles and trucks.
More than half of the people killed in car crashes were not restrained at the time of the crash. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a crash.
Seat belt use Is on the rise. Laws, education, and technology have increased seat belt use from 11% in 1981 to nearly 85% in 2010, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet, about 1 In 7 people still don't buckle up.
There are proven policies to Increase seat belt use and save lives.
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