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Seatbelt Usage Soars to Record 85%

Why do the other 15% have a death wish?

by on Jan.06, 2011

The kid is no dummy. Americans are buckling up more than ever.

If you’re one of those who can’t even move the car up the driveway without having a seatbelt on, don’t feel alone.  According to the latest survey by the Centers for Disease Control, more Americans than ever are clicking it – but the study also raises questions about those who won’t buckle up despite overwhelming evidence that seatbelts are the most effective safety device ever added to the automobile.

The CDC found that 85% of American motorists are wearing their belts, a dramatic, nearly eight-fold increase over the last 30 years.

“Not wearing seatbelts is costing us lives and money,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. Buckling up, he stressed, “cuts in half the chance of being seriously injured or killed in a crash.”

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The good news is that increased seatbelt usage appears to be paying off in the steady decline in traffic injuries and fatalities.  The highway death rate, which peaked in 1988 at 47,087, fell by nearly a third, to 33,000 in 2009, the latest year for which federal data are available.

Still, an estimated 2.3 million Americans were treated in emergency rooms for crash-related injuries in 2009 and the CDC estimates the annual cost of medical care related to vehicular collisions totals more than $11 billion.


Gems in the Death Stats

Data show sizable decline in 2008 traffic deaths, as America drives less, cracks down on DUIs.

by on Apr.01, 2009

While there are still too many fatalities on American highways, the 2008 numbers contained some surprises and some good news.

While there are still too many fatalities on American highways, the 2008 numbers contained some surprises and some good news.

It’s all still preliminary, but there’s significant news in some  details dribbling out here and there about 2008 highway deaths.

As reported in TheDetroitBureau on March 13, estimates of traffic deaths last  year based on records through October indicate a significant decline  nationwide in both total deaths and the rate of deaths per 100,000  vehicle miles traveled.

Some interesting details are emerging as individual states report  separately from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA).   The Governors Highway Safety Association surveyed its  members in January and got responses from 44 states and the District of Columbia.  The organization revealed that only four states – Vermont, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Delaware – reported increases in highway deaths in 2008.