No Seatbelts Worn in Ninety Percent of Fatal Crashes in Virginia
KENBRIDGE, VA — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that seatbelts were not worn in 90% of all traffic fatalities in certain counties in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles examined fatal car crashes in the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Prince Edward, Cumberland, and Lunenburg. The Virginia Department of motor vehicles observed that the number of fatal crashes is higher in 2020 compared to 2019 during the time frame between January 1st and July 17th. According to an article appearing in the Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch, twelve people have lost their lives in auto accidents thus far in 2020 compared to nine through the same benchmark in 2019.
Astoundingly, eleven out of the twelve victims killed in fatal car crashes were not wearing a safety belt. Overall, 36 people have been injured 339 car crashes in the area during 2020, who were not wearing a seat belt when victimized by a crash. Somehow eight unrestrained people were unhurt in car accidents.
Law enforcement agencies like the Virginia State Police continue to stress the importance of using a seatbelt when driving or as a passenger in any motor vehicle. The Virginia state police explain that taking 60 seconds before you operate or ride in the car to buckle a seatbelt could make the difference between surviving a horrific crash and walking away or becoming a statistic.
Statistics prove that the number of people who were killed in car crashes last year who did not wear seatbelts was much lower than this year. Throughout Virginia, unrestrained fatalities rose by 18% over 2019. Statistics also conclude that more than half of the people who were killed In Virginia in 2019 who did not wear a seatbelt were either fully or partially ejected from the vehicle in which they were riding. Most notably, men ages 18 to 35 who are from rural sections of Virginia are more likely to ride without wearing a seat belt.
It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education. Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway. Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries. To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit montlick.com and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting iridesafe.com.
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