The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 to 34 in the United States. In an age where technology and innovation continues to make cars safer, one of the main actions that drivers and passengers can take towards preventing an injury in a motor vehicle accident is to simply buckle up. With millions of drivers and passengers being treated annually in hospitals because of injuries sustained in car accidents, it is surprising that some reports show that millions of drivers and passengers still do not wear seat belts.
Some people will never learn. They will continue to disregard their safety and the law because of excuses relating to their comfort or because they don’t ever think they will be involved in a car accident. The goal of having all drivers buckle up may never be reached; but educating drivers, passengers and future drivers about the seriousness of seat belt usage has had an impact on increasing seat belt usage.
Below are some general tips from the CDC’s website relating to seat belts:
- Parents and caregivers can set a good example by using a seat belt on every trip, no matter the distance. They should also encourage everyone in the car (even those in the back seat) to also buckle up.
- When children are in the car, they should be checked to make sure that they are are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat, or car seat, depending on the age, weight, size and needs of the child.
- The (CDC) recommends having all children age 12 and under sit in the back seat and in the middle of the back seat whenever possible because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.
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