Buckling Up Works
As Missouri eases into another hot and humid summer, more people are hitting the roads- both for work and for recreation. With additional people on the road, the chances of motor vehicle accidents increase, so the Department would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers that buckling up saves lives.
Transportation incidents, which include highway, non-highway, air, water, and rail fatalities, and also fatalities resulting from being struck by a vehicle, were the leading event or exposure of fatal work injuries in Missouri in 2008 and again in 2009, accounting for 59 of the 142 work-related fatalities in 2009.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that occupants are 45 percent more likely to survive a crash if they are wearing their safety belts correctly. Three out of four people who are ejected from a vehicle during a crash will die as a result. Seat belt usage saves an estimated 9,500 lives each year. Americans spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to and from work, and nearly 30 percent of all travel is work-related.
“Missourians spend hours on the road, driving to and from work, for work, or running errands. Buckling up increases their chances of making it to their destinations safe and sound, and should be an easy decision. Unfortunately, close to 25 percent of Missourians choose not to buckle up, a number we’re hoping to change by raising awareness that buckling up works,” says Department Director Larry Rebman.
Missourians should practice safe transportation habits both on and off the job. Wearing a seat belt not only saves lives, it helps save money. The U.S. spends nearly $18 billion a year in medical, insurance, and overhead costs due to injuries caused by collisions involving passengers and drivers without seatbelts. So when you hop in your car to drive from meeting to meeting, or hit the highway for a vacation road trip, remember to buckle up!