Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Before the law required seat belts, the primary vehicle safety device was Mother’s forearm. If she had to stop quickly, her arm would shoot out at sternum level to keep us from flying into the windshield. Even though times and laws have changed, most Mom’s still instinctively throw their arm out in front of the passenger’s seat when slamming on the breaks in the car. Unfortunately, that Mom move might only serve to injure the driver’s arm or the passenger’s face. It is no replacement for using a seat belt.

The most reliable method of saving lives and preventing injuries from occurring is to wear a seat belt. However, millions of drivers and passengers choose not to wear seat belts on everyday occasions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts are estimated to have saved 374,276 lives since 1975. According to the Naval Safety Center, only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash.

The next time you climb inside your car and click that belt against your grownup body, thank your Mom for keeping you as safe as she could all those years ago.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Monday afternoon a vehicle was knocked overboard from the Causeway. It was the result of a rear-end crash that pushed the first car into a concrete barrier, in a crossover, flipping it overboard. Luckily, the driver was rescued safely. The seat belt saved the person’s life. It is a good reminder that seatbelts can mean the difference between life and death for all of us.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 23,714 drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. They also found that more than half (range: 53%-62%) of teens (13-19 years) and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2016 were not buckled up at the time of the crash.

Our mission is to make all of your trips across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway safe and timely. Please help us by buckling up


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

By now, most of us understand the importance of wearing a seatbelt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported seat belts reduce car accident injuries by 50 percent. Another study performed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that seat belts have saved 300,000 lives since 1975.

So, love yourself and the occupants of your vehicle by wearing your seat belt. It is one of the safest choices you can make in a car and they truly do give the best hugs!

If you have a moment, please check out this PSA called Embrace Life (click title to access). It is a short film made for England’s Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) in January 2010. It is about the importance of wearing seat belts. The short film became an international phenomenon after it was distributed on the internet, social networking sites, and YouTube. It gained over a million views in its first two weeks and is rated as YouTube film of all time in the education category.