Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 5 – 34. Adult seat belt use is by far the most effective way to keep yourself safe in an accident. Many people are starting to realize how important seat belts really are. In fact, nearly 85% of adults use seat belts in today’s busy driving world. Yet, 1 in 7 drivers will not use a seat belt the next time they drive.
Data has shown time over time just how safe someone is in an accident while wearing a seat belt. It should be a no brainer, but still many don’t listen. Nineteen (19) states still have no primary seat belt law. Horrible considering the horrific stories that come from drivers who do not wear seat belts and are involved in accidents.
There should be stricter guidelines for those who don’t wear seatbelts. They save lives, so there should be no reason why you wouldn’t want to wear one. I hear the excuse “well. I am not going to get in an accident”. Really? You know that? You can predict the behavior and attention of EVERY OTHER DRIVER on the road? I do not have that much faith. That is why we have something called “defensive driving.” The best defense is a good offense: Wear a seat belt!!
In Arizona, front seat occupants are required to wear seat belts.
In additionally, ALL children under the age of 16 are required to be seatbelted, regardless of position in the vehicle. It is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to make sure that the kids are in seat belts or child safety seats.
Remember, children pick up habits from their parents. Do you really want the habit of not wearing a seat belt being passed down to your children?