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Message Monday - Your vote counts. Elect to buckle.


11-2 your voteWe all have choices to make. Some of them are minor and have only short-term impacts, others can influence months or years of your life. Choosing to wear a seat belt every time you’re in a vehicle, no matter where you are seated is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

Some may think the airbags in your vehicle will protect you, but airbags are actually designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. If you don’t wear your seat belt and you’re in a crash, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal airbag. Such force could injure or even kill you.

 Guidelines to buckling up safely

  • The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
  • Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
  • The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach.
  • NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.

One way to get to Zero Fatalities – everyone buckling up -

For 2020, there have been 269 fatalities reported. That is an increase of three since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Driver Services Bureau, go to the daily fatality report at

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