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Message Monday - Need a hug? Your seat belt will hold you

02/15/2021

2-15 need a hugNot everyone appreciates a big bear hug, but we all need that snug tug from a seat belt when you’re ready to road trip. Some people think they can rely solely on airbags and not use seat belts, but did you know that seat belts are made to work with airbags, not replace them? If you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal airbag. Such force could injure or even kill you.

 

Here are a few guidelines to buckling up safely from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • 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.

Embrace life – always wear your seat belt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM

For 2020, there were a total of 338 fatalities reported. So far in 2021, there have been 23 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of 10 since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf


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