Monday, 20. May 2013
Although more people may be opting for public transportation now that Minnesota has the highest average price for a gallon of gas in the entire United States, carpoolers and motorists should make sure they have their seat belt fastened to stay safe and keep themselves from getting a ticket.
The goal of the annual Click it or Ticket campaign is to reduce “preventable fatalities” by ensuring all motorists fasten their seat belts during their commute. The extra patrols will occur statewide until June 2, which means you may notice an increased police presence during your Memorial Day travels.
Police hope their presence will remind people to buckle up each time they hit the road. According to their data, of the 864 traffic deaths that have occurred over the past few years, 41 percent of those victims were not wearing a safety belt. They also said a person is six times more likely to suffer an injury in a traffic accident if they are not wearing a seat belt.
When discussing this year’s data, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said of the 102 deaths so far on Minnesota roads, at least 30 individuals were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
A ticket for failing to wear a seat belt is $25, but it can cost more than $100 with administrative fees and court costs.
Seat Belts Save Lives
Taking three seconds to buckle up may be one of the easiest ways to protect yourself in the event of a traffic accident. But don’t just take our word for it, check out some of the stats below!
- Seat belts reduce “serious crash-related injuries” by roughly 50%
- Men are 10% less likely to wear their seat belt than women
- People between the ages of 18-34 are less likely to wear a seat belt than individuals 35 and older
- According to data from 2010, 90.2% of Minnesotans wear their seat belt when they are driving. That ranks 13th nationally and is well above the national average of 84.0%
- Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear their seat belt than those who live in a city or suburb
- Your chances of being killed are four times greater if you are thrown from your vehicle during a traffic crash
- Being thrown against the dashboard at 30 mph is the equivalent of falling from a third story window
- People are less likely to wear a seat belt at night than during the day, and individuals who have consumed alcohol are less likely to wear a seat belt than sober drivers
- On average, one person dies every hour in America in a “preventable fatality” because they neglected to wear their seat belt
Related source: CBS Minnesota, CDC
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