Seat Belts Are Required Because They Save Lives
February 10th, 2012|
February 10, 2012
It is a well-known fact that seatbelts save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the devices have saved as many as 147,246 lives over a 26-year period. One life that may have been saved by the devices is that of a 53-year-old Glen Park, New York, man who was killed in a single-vehicle accident this past Monday.
According to the Wall Street Journal, homeowners along Route 53 in Jefferson County reported hearing a loud noise at around 12:45 AM Monday morning, but thought nothing of it after not seeing any sign of an accident. It wasn’t until nearly six hours later that the crash scene was discovered when a New York State Police (NYSP) Captain drove by. He noticed a car in a wooded area and upon further investigation, found the body of the driver several feet from the vehicle.
An investigation into the crash determined that the driver hit a tree. The man behind the wheel was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
New York State Law requires that:
- A driver and each passenger in a vehicle must wear a seat belt, one person per belt.
- All children under the age of eight-years-old must be retrained in a child safety or booster seat regardless of height or weight.