House Approves Bill Requiring Seat Belts For All Vehicle Occupants
The Alabama House of Representatives recently passed a bill which requires all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts. This makes Alabama the 29th state to make seat belts mandatory for all car occupants in both the front and back seats.
In an earlier blog, we reported that nearly half of car accident victims in Alabama in 2018 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. If these 366 people were wearing seat belts, potentially their lives could have been saved.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%.
Law Named in Honor of Montgomery Native Who Lost His Life in a Car Accident
The new law is named in honor of Roderic Deshaun Scott, a Montgomery native and high school basketball player. His life was tragically cut short in an accident in 2016. He was not wearing a seat belt while sitting in the backseat of a car on the way to a playoff game.
Hopefully, this new law will help save lives and ensure that no family has to go through the devastation of losing someone in a car accident as Roderic’s family has. He had his entire life ahead of him, and his death is tragic. His legacy lives on and ideally, this new law will help people across Alabama stay safe on the roads.
Buckle Up – It Will Soon Be the Law, and Your Safety Depends on It.
Buckling up is simple, yet it can be one of the most important things drivers and passengers can do to protect themselves. Don’t make one mistake that could change your life, or take your life, forever. Take a second to buckle up, and make sure everyone else in the car uses their seat belts as well.
Seat Belt Statistics
- Up to 60% of 17-34-year-old men killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts in 2017. This group is at a high risk.
- Those not wearing seat belts are 30x more likely to be ejected from a car, and 75% of those ejected are killed.
- Nearly 3,000 car accident victims across the U.S. could likely have been saved if they were wearing seat belts.
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