Message Monday - Save your bacon, buckle your ham

6-21 baconToday’s vehicles are equipped with a myriad of safety features that, when you are securely buckled into your seat, significantly reduce your risk of serious injury or death, in a crash.

In a severe crash, airbags may deploy. Airbags reduce the chance that your upper body or head will strike the vehicle's interior during a crash. To avoid an airbag-related injury, make sure you are properly seated and remember—airbags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.

When you’re not buckled up, no matter where you’re seated, even a slight crash can toss you around inside the vehicle. If you’re the driver, the impact can take your foot off the pedals and your hands off the wheel, causing you to lose control.

Here’s a quick video on exactly how seat belts work.

So far in 2021, there have been 131 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of eight since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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