Seat Belts Save Lives

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Seat belts save lives! November 14 is National Seat Belt Day, which is a perfect time for Jeff Hoster from our EMS Department to share some facts about how seat belts save lives. Jeff is an EMS Educator and Paramedic.

  • As of 2019 seat belt use rate was at almost 91%.
  • In 2017 seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated almost 15,000 lives.
  • You need to wear your seat belt even if your vehicle is equipped with an airbag. Airbags do not replace seat belts. You are still safer buckled up without an air bag than with an airbag and not buckled up. 
  • There is an argument floating around that a seat belt can trap you in a fire or underwater. One half of 1% of all crashes involve fire or water. You can’t escape these and other dangers if you’re unconscious. The seat belt will help keep you conscious and able-bodied, giving you a chance to escape the vehicle.
  • Even going short distances, you should always were a seat belt. Most fatal crashes occur within 25 miles from home and speeds less than 40 mph.
  • Everything in your car can cause you and your passengers harm, but your seat belt is not one of them. We tell parents to secure everything in the vehicle. Place packages and other items in the cargo area and make sure they are secure in case of a rollover accident.
  • You are not safer in a pickup or SUV. Seat belts will reduce the risk of injury to the driver and front-seat passenger by 60%.
  • Male occupants between the ages of 18-34% are most at risk.

The right way to wear a seat belt: The shoulder belt should be away from your neck but still on the shoulder across your chest. Remove any slack from the belt with the lap belt secured so that it lies across your hips and pelvic bone.  

  • NEVER place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.
  • NEVER place the lap belt over the belly.
  • ALWAYS pull on the shoulder belt to ensure that it is snug over the hips and bone.