Fatal Unbelted Crashes In Texas Spike
A report from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that the number of Texans killed while not wearing a seat belt increased by 16%. The Brownwood Bulletin reports.
The report states than 1,073 unbelted people died in crashes in 2020, up from 926 in 2019. “This past year we have all been reminded of the simple acts we can take to protect our lives and those of our loved ones,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass.
TxDOT statistics also revealed that wearing a belt reduces your risk of death by 45% for people in the front seat of a passenger car and by 60% for those in pickup trucks.
“Wearing a seat belt is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves from serious injury or even death in a traffic crash. Instead of putting yourself and others in danger, remember: buckle up day and night, every rider, every ride.”
We also want to boost the message of seat belt usage. It not just saves lives. It also reduces the severity of injuries. The number of cases where a belt was the cause of a fatality are vanishingly small, but if you are worried there are seat belt knives you can keep in your glove compartment in case of an emergency.
Please buckle everyone in safely. Your life and your financial health may depend on it.