Message Monday - Buckleology: the act of picking safety to win

3-13 message mondayBuckle (verb used with object)
to fasten with a buckle or buckles: Buckle your seat belt.

-ology (noun)
any science or branch of knowledge.

It is apparent from Iowa’s 92+ percent seat belt use for front seat occupants, that most of us have the knowledge that buckling up in the front seat can save your life. So why are nearly 40 percent of people who die on Iowa’s highways unbelted?

One factor is the lack of seat belt use for ADULT backseat passengers. It seems almost second nature for most of us to buckle up in the front seat and strap our kids safely into the back seat. Yet, many adults in the back seat seem unaware of the need for a seat belt.

According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only 70 percent of 20-54 year-olds and 86 percent of people 55 and older in the back seat were restrained. This compares with 99 percent of infants, 96 percent of 4 to 8 year-olds and 93 percent of 9 to 12 year-olds.

Don’t become a backseat bullet – buckle up every seat, every trip – even in a taxi or car service.

The fatality count of 48 is an increase of eight since last Monday. Preliminary number show that in all of 2016, 403 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality count

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