More people are wearing their seat belts (88%) but teens, commercial drivers, etc., are still not wearing them regularly and that’s astounding. At Anderson Behel, the premier shop for San Jose collision repairs, we want to stress this—wearing seat belts is not just suggested—it’s the law!!
Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. We’d like to share some of these statistics, offered by Anderson Behel, Santa Clara’s best place to do San Jose repairs:
Seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives during the past 4 years Forty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2007 were unbelted. A 2009 NHTSA study estimates more than 1,600 lives could be saved and 22,000 injuries prevented if seat belt use was 90 percent in every state.
Good news about seat belt use:
Seat belt use was higher among females than males. Seat belt use was lower among drivers who drove alone than drivers with passengers.
State Seat Belt Laws: Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have mandatory seat belt laws (the exception is New Hampshire). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a state-by-state map of seat belt laws. Seat belt use is 13 percent higher in states with primary enforcement (88 percent) than in states with secondary enforcement (75 percent). 31 states plus the District of Columbia have primary enforcement of seat belt laws, meaning police can stop vehicles and write citations for failure to buckle up. 18 states have secondary enforcement, meaning police can issue a seat belt citation only after a vehicle is stopped for another reason.