Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stats on Wearing Seat Belts

I was just reading a story on a boy who had severe facial injuries (which required 200 stitches) in a car crash due to not wearing a seat belt, and thought I'd pass on a few stats in the story:

• More than half of people killed in cars in 2009 were not wearing seat belts.

• Seat belts reduce the risk of death in the front seat by almost half.
Some 3,600 lives could have been saved in 2009 if everyone wore seat belts.

• The chances of suffering severe brain or spinal cord injuries in a crash are much higher for the beltless.

If the prospect of saving a life — theirs — with a simple two-second act isn't enough to convince holdouts, how about this statistic: There were 111,518 convictions — which bring $25 fines — for failing to buckle up in Illinois last year. Starting in January, back-seat passengers can be ticketed, too.

You may be in a rush. It may only be a short trip. You may "forget" to buckle up. Doesn't matter. Think about Wegrzyn's warning: "Just because you think it won't happen to you doesn't mean it won't."

He has the scars to prove it.

-Chicago Tribune Editorials Saturday, November 5th, 2011

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