Wearing a Seat Belt-It DOES Matter!
The reality is that there is no excuse not to wear a seat belt, and here’s why:
- 80% of car accidents happen at a speed of 40 mph and within a 25-mile radius of your home
- Three people out of 4 die if they’re thrown from their cars in a road accident
- You are 30 times more likely to be thrown from your vehicle in an accident if you’re not wearing a seat belt
- 29 people in the USA die every day in car accidents that involve a drunk driver
These statistics, amongst others, are why most states in the USA have laws that make wearing seat belts compulsory, including Arizona.
Arizona law states that the driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts at all times. While you can’t be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt, you can be cited for not buckling up if you’re stopped for something else. The driver is responsible for citations received for passengers under sixteen; other passengers are responsible for their own citations. It’s optional for back seat passengers to wear seat belts. These laws don’t apply to older cars who weren’t fitted with seat belts at the time of manufacture.
Things To Think About
Seat belts decrease your chance of dying as a result of a car accident by 45%, and your chance of serious injury by 55%. 9,385 people died in collisions on USA roads in 2014 as a direct result of not buckling up.
Seat belts save many thousands of lives every year; get into the habit of buckling up and urge your passengers to do the same.
If you’re involved in a collision, call Orlando Auto Body at 480-418-4737 for a quote and advice on the repair.