It’s time to buckle up, motorists. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced the launch of the 2013 “Click It or Ticket” safety campaign. During this time, law enforcement officers will be out on the prowl, day and night, looking for unbelted drivers.
According to buckleupnc.org, All drivers and passengers, in the rear seat as well as in the front seat, and motorists over the age of 15, are required by law to wear their seat belts. Children under the age of 16 are covered by the NC Child Passenger Safety law.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers want you to buckle up — both day and night. According to the latest research from the NHTSA, seat belt use at night continues to lack. This has been proven even though seat belt usage across the nation is at an all-time high — at more than 85 percent.
Not only are you at a greater risk for injury and even death in the event of an accident when you’re not wearing a seat belt, but you’re also at a greater risk for getting into an accident during the evening hours. According to statistics, more than 60 percent or motorists who were killed in an accident at night were not wearing a seat belt. This is compared to the less than 45 percent of those who were killed in a daytime accident while unrestrained.
“We hope our ‘Click It or Ticket’ efforts will encourage more motorists to buckle up and make it a lifelong habit,” said David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator.
The truth of the matter is that lap and shoulder seat belts can reduce your risks of injury and death in the event of an accident by roughly 50 percent. But you’ve got to use it for it to work. What seat belts do is help to keep you in place during the critical moments of an accident.
According to recent studies, motorists in passenger vehicles are more likely to buckle up than those in SUVs. But it doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle you’re in — everyone in your vehicle, including yourself, should be wearing a seat belt.
In 2011, there were close to 33,000 people who were killed in the estimated 5,338,000 police-reported traffic accidents. In addition to all of these fatalities, there were more than 2,200,000 people injured.
In 2011, officials estimate that seat belts were able to save close to 12,000 lives. They go on to further estimate that another 3,500 people could have been saved if everyone were to wear their seat belt during every ride.
In 2011, there were 49 States and the District of Columbia that had seat belt use laws in effect.
Whether it’s because you want to be safe, or you don’t want to get a ticket — we’re asking you to buckle up. Any excuse works to keep you alive.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.
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