One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Below are some statistics and facts, from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), about the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and why it is important that everyone is properly buckled up every time.
Of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts.
Seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts, in 2017 alone.
Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.
Airbags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an airbag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.
With nearly 32.3 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it’s no wonder St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular holidays. Sadly, it has also become one of its deadliest. Data shows that DUIs, alcohol violations, and alcohol-involved crashes spike on the holiday.
This year, luck just isn’t going to cut it. Here are some statistics, from a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the dangers of drinking while driving on St. Patrick’s Day:
For St. Patrick’s Day (in 2015 through 2019), there were 280 drunk driving deaths
In that same time period (2015 through 2019), 63% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers
4.2 is the average number of drinks consumed per person on St. Patrick’s Day
In 2019, 31 pedestrians were killed in crashes where the driver had a BAC of .08 or higher
It only takes getting behind the wheel once after a few drinks on St. Patrick’s Day to change lives forever. Please do not get behind the wheel if driving.
Is driving slow in the left lane your pet peeve, AAA’s research has found it is also very dangerous. Their research shows that many traffic jams result from a surprisingly small number of slow cars obstructing traffic, with their effects rippling outward. Lane changes account for about 4 percent of all car accidents in the US, and perhaps as much as 10 percent of accidents on highways.
Meanwhile, research has generally shown that the strongest predictor of an accident isn’t speeding, but variance from the average speed of traffic — and a car going 5 miles per hour slower than the surrounding traffic has a greater chance of causing an accident than one going 5 miles per hour faster than it. If relatively slow drivers are scattered among the right and left lanes, faster drivers have to repeatedly slow down and weave back and forth, changing lanes many times to pass all of them. If the slower drivers are all driving in the right lane, a faster driver can pass several at a time, then get back into the right, cutting down on the total number of lane changes and eliminating the slowdowns.
AAA’s research also identified that left lane crawlers are often the leading cause of aggressive driving. For the fourth straight year, the AAA also found that aggressive driving was identified as the leading threat to highway safety. Please help keep the Causeway and Huey P. Lang bridges safe by keeping slower traffic in the right lane.