Troopers urge seat belt safety
The importance of buckling a safety belt cannot be overstated.
Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic-related behavior, including drunken driving, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Wearing a seat belt, however, reduces the risk of fatal injury to vehicle passenger occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
Buckling up just takes a little effort, and it might not only save the driver from death or severe physical injury, but also influence the decision of others on whether to buckle up.