Wear Your Seat Belt

An accident from earlier this year.

An accident from earlier this year.

Please wear your seat belt.

I’ve covered some pretty nasty crashes and many of them have involved people who decided not to wear their seat belts.

It’s heartbreaking each time and it never gets easy. I’ve gotten to the point where I already know how the story is going to be written and who I need to talk to.

These accidents are usually in the same town and the people I call are expecting me.

I ask the same questions and I get, usually, the same answers.

As a paper of record, we “love” accidents. If we get pictures we always plaster them on the front page with a good 14″ story. It helps to sell papers and it lets our readers know why a road was closed the day before (or over the weekend).

I put the stories below, in no specific order, to bring to light the fact that people should wear their seat belt. It’s annoying, I know, but it could help save your life.

Man injured after car slams into tree

Columbia man critical after Franklin accident

Ashford man killed in multi-vehicle accident

Franklin crash kills one

Woman dies in crash

Crash kills Ashford woman

Two badly injured in crash

Minor injuries after wild Route 6 crash in Chaplin

Chaplin accident results in injuries

Motorcyclist critical after Rt. 44 crash

Motorcyclist critical after Route 32 crash

Via the National Safety Council:

“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. They save lives:

The good news is, in 2009, seat belt use averaged 88 percent nationally, compared with 69 percent in 1998. NHTSA attributes this increase to the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, originally created by the National Safety Council as part of its Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign.

Nationwide, seat belt use is higher than ever. Yet seat belt use remains lowest among young drivers. NHTSA also reports that, in 2007:

  • Seat belt use was lower among blacks than any other race.
  • Seat belt use was higher among females than males.
  • Seat belt use was lower among drivers who drove alone than drivers with passengers.”

If you ever think twice about putting your seat belt on, just go back to this post.

Jonathan

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