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Buckle Down and Buckle Up!

Date: 09.21.2011
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

Contact: Erica Rosenthal, Phone: (330) 375-3052, Email:                    

AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 21, 2011 – Everyone knows that seat belts save lives, but are we all taking the responsibility and extra few seconds to buckle ourselves and our loved ones up?

According to both the National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts are the most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury and can reduce one’s risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. 

Although 88 percent of drivers and passengers use seat belts, the National Safety Council says there are still many people who are less likely to wear seat belts, especially teens.

“To learn that seat belt use is lowest among teens, who are usually our newest drivers, is frightening,” said Rebecca Wise, Summit County safe communities grant coordinator. “Teens and their guardians need to be reminded how important it is to wear seat belts and require it of their passengers.”

It is important to also know the proper way to wear seat belts in order to prevent the driver and passengers from injury. Lap seat belts should be snug and flat, and the person should sit upright and sink themselves into the seat. Shoulder seat belts should also be snug and not be worn under the arm or in front of the face or neck.

There have been 26 traffic-related fatalities in Summit County this year.  From January through September 2010, there were 18 traffic-related fatalities.

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