- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Last year, New Jersey had six fatalities during the Thanksgiving period: three drivers and three passengers. Nationally in 2012, more than 300 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone.
During a frontal collision, anyone in the car continues to move at the same rate of speed the vehicle was originally travelling. This inertia can carry the passengers into the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield or from the back seat into the front seat causing irreparable injury. The purpose of seat belts and airbags is to safely stop the inertia. Seat belts also ensure that passengers are in the correct position for airbag deployment.
“It is a sad statistic, but even sadder is that many of those
deaths could have been prevented with one simple click of a seat belt,”
said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky.
“For those people who already buckle up every time: Thank you.
For them, this campaign serves as a reminder.
But for those people who still do not buckle up for whatever reason,
I want to say this: buckling your seat belt
is one of the simplest, safest things you will ever do.”
“More than half the drivers and passengers being
killed in crashes are not wearing seat belts. That is a major problem,” said NHTSA Regional Administrator, Thomas M. Louizou.
Age Group Fatalities
Younger drivers are the most likely to be unbuckled in a fatal crash:
- In 2012, passengers age 21 to 24 had the highest percentage of deaths; 63 percent were not wearing seat belts.
- The second highest group of those killed and not wearing their seat belts were 25 to 34-year-olds, at 61-percent
NHTSA data also reveals that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in a fatal crash:
- 56 percent of the males killed in crashes in 2012 were not buckled up
- 43 percent for females did not have seat belts on