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Seat Belts: The Safe Bet

Posted on May 16, 2011

Here’s a no brainer: seat beats make you safer. But how much safer? Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45%, and in pickups, that number increases to 60%, due to the fact that pickup trucks are more likely to roll over in a crash than passenger cars.

Check out the facts:

– In 2009, 43% of Texans killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts.

– Of the 814,403 Texans involved in crashes where there were no injuries, 98% were wearing their seat belt.

– One of every two pickup truck drivers killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up.

– Riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants.

– Unbelted backseat passengers can become projectiles in a car crash: they can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even can injure or kill those in the front seat.

Download the full fact sheet here.

Posted by TxDOT Traffic SafetyShare

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