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Seat belt safety

Safety belts are the most effective means of saving lives and reducing serious injuries in traffic crashes. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death to children in America. Each year in the U.S., approximately 1,800 children ages 14 & under are killed as occupants in motor vehicles and more than 280,000 are injured. Safety belts, air bags and proper child safety seats, when used consistently and correctly, can significantly reduce the rate of injury in a crash. The number of lives saved could be substantially increased if more people used safety belts.

Seat Belt Safety Tips
  • checkedAlways wear lap and shoulder belt. With just the shoulder strap on, you can still slide out from under it and be strangled, while the lap belt alone doesn’t keep your face from hitting the steering wheel.
  • crossedNever place shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.
  • checkedAlways place children 12 years and under in back seat.