BUCKLE UP!

What’s the leading cause of death for people in the U.S. ages 5 to 34?

Hint: It’s not a disease.

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Answer: MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES!

According to the CDC, more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury relates of all adults. WEARING A SEATBELT is the most effective way to reduce injuries in crashes and SAVE LIVES. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. Though air bags also provide protection, they aren’t a substitute for seat belts. AIR BAGS + SEAT BELTS = GREATEST PROTECTION!

image source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

This is probably second nature to you, but here’s a quick reminder of how to properly wear your seatbelt:

  1. Adjust the lap belt to fit low and tight across your hips/pelvis, not your stomach area.
  2. Place the shoulder belt snug across your chest, away from your neck.
  3. Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.  

So, BUCKLE UP! Wear a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short! (Even if you’re moving your car from the driveway to the street!) And encourage your passengers to buckle up!

By ALYSSA LLAMAS

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