December 9, 2019
Does it surprise you that about 35 percent of the people killed on Iowa highways so far this year weren’t wearing seat belts? That’s 78 people (as of Dec. 4) who won’t be opening gifts or eating Christmas dinner with family and friends this year. All because they neglected to make that simple click.
Obviously, some crashes are so horrific that not even a seat belt is going to save a life, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says seat belts dramatically reduce the risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash and 75 percent of people who are ejected in a crash don’t survive.