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Troopers urge seat belt safety

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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.

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