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Message Monday - Dec. 7, 2015 - Not buckled? I'm telling Santa


12-7 message mondayHe’s making a list and checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. According to the latest Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau seat belt survey, 92.96 percent of drivers and front seat passengers in Iowa would find themselves on the nice list if wearing seat belts was Santa’s criteria.

While the percentage of folks buckling up is high, the number of people who die from injuries sustained in a crash because they didn’t wear a seat belt is alarming. Law enforcement data shows at least 93 of the 292 people who have died on Iowa’s highways were unbuckled. Iowa’s death toll could very likely decrease by one-third or more if people would simply buckle up.

Show your family that you care this holiday season. Take three seconds to buckle yourself safely into your vehicle. https://youtu.be/YgxXFbMMMD4

The fatality count of 292 is an increase of five from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.

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