Statewide – Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Troopers have investigated 117 fatal collisions resulting in 145 deaths during 2016. During that same period from January to June 2015, 39 drivers and passengers died not wearing safety restraints. During that same period January to June 2016, 43 drivers and passengers have died not wearing safety restraints. This reflects a 10 percent increase in drivers and passengers who died not wearing safety restraints.
It is important to keep in mind that a collision can happen at any time, any place. It does not matter whether it is on a large interstate or a city street, at high speeds or low speeds. Collisions can happen for any reason, whether mechanical malfunction or human error.
In two studies on safety restraint usage, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that safety restraint usage cuts the risk of death by 45 percent during a collision. Furthermore, it was found that a person not wearing a safety restraint is 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle than someone who is wearing a safety restraint.
Why take the chance?
AZDPS Lt. Col. Daniel Lugo, Assistant Director of the Highway Patrol Division said, “Death or serious injury caused by not wearing safety restraints or properly using child restraints for children is not only tragic but also unnecessary. Drivers need to take responsibility for themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone is properly restrained.”
Enjoy the holidays! Let the holidays, such as the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, be a time filled with fun and memories, not tragedy.
For more information about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention studies please go to:
Dept. of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts: Children. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2010. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811387.pdf
Dept. of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts: Occupant Protection. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2009. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811160.pdf