It was 1985 when Connecticut State law made it mandatory for front seat passengers to wear their seatbelt. I was a rebellious young driver fresh out of high school. I got pulled over so many times I can’t even guess the number. I didn’t understand it. Why can’t I make the decision rather than have it be mandated? Here’s why:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts are the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries when traffic crashes occur. NHTSA estimates seat belts save 9,500 lives in America each year.
I finally acquiesced simply to avoid the monstrous $260 ticket and low-and-behold, I am now an avid seatbelt wearer. What started out as rebellion as a young driver turned to reluctant compliance turned to complete understanding.
81% of the fatalities in Nebraska this year were NOT wearing seatbelts. Why? Re-read the above emboldened NHTSA report.
Last month in Nebraska there were 24 fatalities. 11 were NOT wearing seatbelts. Why?
211 deaths this year and 81% were not wearing seatbelts. This is your life and the lives of your passengers at risk here!
Re-read the above emboldened NHTSA report. Make sure you wear your seatbelt EVERY TIME and it’s your job to make your kids do the same. If you still don’t want to wear it, ask yourself this question: “Do I want to be ejected from my vehicle when I crash?” Just wear it.
My last nagging question: If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that seatbelts saves lives, why are there only 20 states that have it as a mandatory enforcement law?
Nebraska has a secondary enforcement law with backseat exemption.
WEAR IT EVERYTIME. Your seat belt will hold you in place to better control your vehicle and it will keep you from getting ejected.
This is important. Change your thinking. Don’t be as stubborn and stupid as I was when I was a young driver. Be smart about it.