Ten Things You Should Know About Seat Belts — And Two Things You Can Win if You Buckle Up!
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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Seat Belts
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the U.S.
- More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009.2
- The lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.
- Young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.
- Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
- Air bags provide added protection but are not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults.
- Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults 35 or older. (CDC, 2010, unpublished data)
- Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women. (CDC, 2010, unpublished data)
- Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% use). (CDC, 2010, unpublished data)
- Seat belt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws or no seat belt laws (79%) compared to states with primary enforcement laws (88%).
Two things you might win by buckling your seat belt
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