Seat Belts Save Lives – Fasten Yours
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that wearing a seat belt is not just for Thanksgiving – it’s a must every day of the year.
From November 19-26, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and many other law enforcement agencies across Iowa are participating in the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) in an attempt to make sure everyone is obeying Iowa’s traffic laws and that everyone has a safe holiday.
Nationwide in 2015 (the last year in which data is available), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 301 people were killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend and 50 percent of those killed were not wearing seatbelts. In Iowa, there were five fatalities during that time in both 2015 and 2016.
According to the NHTSA, only one percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected compared to 30 percent of those who were unbuckled. Eighty percent of the people totally ejected from vehicles in crashes were killed in 2015.
Buckle Up – Every Trip. Every Time.