From May 18th through May 31st, more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. will be participating in the NHTSA’s 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign, which is focused on reminding motorists to always wear their seatbelts.
Although seatbelt use reportedly reached an all-time high in 2013, regulators have pointed out that not wearing seatbelts continues to needlessly compromise the safety of the American public.
As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated about this seatbelt use campaign:
It’s simple: seat belts save lives. Thousands of Americans are alive today because they were wearing theirs during a crash… But thousands more would be with us if they had buckled up, and we will continue to urge every driver and passenger to use a seat belt.
NHTSA Points to New Seatbelt Use Statistics
In announcing the 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign, the NHSTA revealed some interesting new seatbelt use statistics. Some of the more notable stats presented included that:
- 9,580 people killed in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2013 were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.
- This represented nearly 50 percent of the traffic-related fatalities for which seatbelt status was known.
- Since 2007, there has been a 0.4 percent increase in motorists’ use of seatbelts in Illinois. Over this same time frame, there was a 1.3 percent decrease in Missourian motorists’ use of seatbelts.
More Important Seatbelt Use Facts
Additionally, the NHTSA has highlighted the following facts about seatbelt use in an effort to drive home the point that wearing seatbelts is important for all drivers and passengers on the road:
- Wearing seatbelts can reduce the risk of sustaining injuries (including fatal injuries) by about 50 percent in the event a collision occurs.
- Seatbelt use can greatly reduce the chances that motorists will be thrown from vehicles and/or sustain serious head injuries if a car accident occurs.
- Airbags are NOT substitutes for wearing seatbelts. For the greatest protections, motorists should use both seatbelts and airbags.
- Motorists between 18 and 34 years old, as well as male drivers, are those who are most likely not to wear seatbelts.
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