Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m glad I didn’t wear my seat belt” after being involved in a crash? Probably not. But there are countless people who have survived car crashes who say they are grateful for having worn a seat belt and credit seat belts with saving their lives. Some of those people have chosen to share their stories in an effort to encourage others to wear seat belts.
The importance of seat belts is resonating with Minnesotans. According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, 94% of front seat occupants are buckling up, and yet 40% of all motorists killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts, resulting in an average of 105 deaths annually.
Wearing a seat belt will keep you from crashing into the windshield, being ejected from a vehicle and slamming into and injuring other passengers. In addition, seat belts keep motorists sitting in a vehicle’s designed protective space which gives them room to live in the event of a crash.
Minnesota state law requires that all drivers and passengers be buckled or seated in the correct child restraint. Eden Prairie officers will be part of a statewide seat belt enforcement effort May 25–June 5 where we will dedicate extra resources to enforcing the seat belt and child safety seat laws.
Be safe, buckle up!