Seatbelt use rises with stricter laws

Dec 22, 2010

More people buckle up when at risk of paying higher fines

It only takes a second to buckle a seatbelt, but the action can make the difference between life and death. Research shows motor vehicle occupants are heeding warnings and are increasingly buckling up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that states with stricter laws and fines are more likely to have residents who wear seatbelts. A seatbelt can be a person's best safeguard in the event of an accident.

NHTSA administrator David Strickland says one cannot underestimate the value of a seatbelt.

"Seat belts are the single most protective safety device ever invented for use in vehicles, saving thousands of lives each year," says Strickland. "Now our research proves that when states step up sanctions, they're rewarded with huge improvements in belt use."

Buckling up can help protect motor vehicle occupants from being ejected from the car during an accident. People should consider adding an additional layer of protection by purchasing life insurance. The coverage can prove to be a huge asset should a fatal collision take place.  

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