It's a FACT. Seat Belts Save Lives.
2.54 inches isn't much. It's about the length of your pinky finger, the width of your iPhone, and smaller than a floppy disk (remember those?). The fact is - it's a pretty small distance, yet one that can save your life.
Seat Belt Facts to Consider - Nebraska 2016 Statistics*
- In Nebraska, 218 people died and 17,962 were injured in traffic crashes in 2016.
- In Nebraska, one collision occurs every 15 minutes.
- Forty-nine people were injured each day in motor vehicle crashes and one person was killed every 40 hours.
- Of the 218 traffic fatalities, 181 (83%) were occupants of passenger vehicles.
- Of the 181 traffic fatalities, 63 (35%) were rollovers.
- Of the 181 traffic fatalities, only 63 (35%) were wearing seat belts; 118 (65%) were not wearing seat belts.
- Of the 142 (69%) not wearing seat belts, 53 (37%) were thrown from the vehicle.
- Motor vehicle crashes cost Nebraska over $943,211,800 in 2016 utilizing the 2015 National Safety Council calculable costs of motor vehicle crashes.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34.
- The observed seat belt use rate in 2016 for drivers and passengers was 83.3%.
- Seat belts - when used - reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and light truck occupants by 60%.
Doesn't it just make sense to wear your seat belt - Every time.
Make a commitment to yourself and to your family. Always wear your seat belt and make it a rule in your vehicle that everyone must be buckled.
It's the little things that can make a big difference - just 2.54 inches can save a life.
* Source: Nebraska Office of Highway Safety