Travel safety: Did you know ...?

Did You Know...?

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between 5 and 27 years of age.
  • In 1995, 41,798 people lost their lives in crashes involving motor vehicles -- averaging 115 people each day. (Traffic Safety Facts, 1995, US Dept of Transportation)
  • 1400 motor vehicle occupants under the age of 14 are killed each year, and around 170,000 are injured.
  • All 50 states currently have motor vehicle child protection laws.
  • 40 percent of all children continue to ride in motor vehicles, unprotected by safety seats or seat belts.
  • Proper use of seat belts could prevent 45 percent of fatalities and 50 percent of serious accidents.
  • In a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was discovered that car seats are used improperly 30 percent of the time. Other studies have found misuse to be as high as 80 to 92 percent.
  • Air bags have been estimated to save over 1500 lives since their introduction in the late 1980s.
  • Never place your child under 12 in the front passenger seat if your car is equipped with an air bag. Your child could be seriously injured or killed if the bag deploys in the event of a crash.
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