Message Monday: Buckle up! Windshields hurt

3-25 message mondayHave you ever bumped your head on something? Just a gentle tap can cause a goose egg or worse. Head trauma is one of the most common types of injury in a vehicle crash, mainly due to drivers and passengers who don’t wear seat belts. According to, more than half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are a result of a vehicle crash.

So, if you are in a crash, what’s holding you back? Your best defense is a seat belt. Airbags are a great secondary protection, but your seat belt is the safety feature that holds you more securely in your seat in the event of a crash. That allows the airbag to do its work to provide a cushion between you and the hard surfaces that surround you in a vehicle.

Same car, same crash. Two very different results -

For 2019, there have been 56 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of eight since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 318. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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