256 lives were lost on Utah roads in 2014. The most common contributing factor was a failure to buckle up. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury.
- People not wearing a seat belt are 30 X more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.
- 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a crash die from their injuries.
- Wearing a seat belt also helps the driver stay in the driver seat and helps maintain control of the vehicle.
See more 2014 statistics here: http://ut.zerofatalities.com/lives_lost.php
Seat Belt Tips
- Always use both the lap and shoulder belt. When worn properly, the shoulder belt should fit across the collarbone and the lap belt should fit low over the hips.
- Never place the shoulder strap under your arm or behind your back.
- The safest place for any child ages 12 and younger is the back seat.
- Infants and children under the age of two should ride in rear-facing car seats.
- Children should be securely fastened in a forward-facing child safety seat once they have outgrown their rear-facing seat or after age two.
- Use belt –positioning booster seats to help position adult-size seat belts for children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seat
- Seventy five percent of child car seats and booster seats are used incorrectly. Be sure to read your car seat and vehicle owner’s manual and follow all instructions to be sure your child passengers are safe.
See http://clickitutah.org/ for information on proper seat belt fit for drivers and passengers of all ages.
To insure your children are properly restrained we offer fitting stations throughout the six-county area. Trained technicians are available at these stations to make sure your car seat is properly installed and to answer any questions you may have. To find the one nearest you contact your local county office http://www.centralutahpublichealth.com/locations.html or click here: http://www.boosttil8.com/fitting_stations.php