Seat belts save lives every day. They can only save lives, however, if they’re used. The Buckle Up Campaign urges all Vermilion, Ohio drivers and passengers to buckle up - every trip, every time.
One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saves thousands of lives each year.
The consequences of not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt are clear:
Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.
Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an air bag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.
The benefits of buckling up are equally clear:
If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
Fatal injury by 45 percent
Moderate to critical injury by 50 percent
If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of:
Fatal injury by 60 percent
Moderate to critical injury by 65 percent
The Top 5 Things You Should Know About Buckling Up
Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle; being completely ejected from a vehicle is almost always deadly.
Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
If you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag. Such force could injure or even kill you.
Guidelines To Buckle Up Safely
The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach.
NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.