Motor Vehicle Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among Americans ages one to 34 years old. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the total societal cost of crashes exceeds $230 billion annually. Contributing to the death toll are alcohol, speed, and various other driver behaviors, especially the rising concern about distracted driving from cell phone and texting.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing your seat belt is the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. While more people than ever are wearing seat belts there continue to be groups of individuals who are less likely to pay attention to this rule. The National Safety Council reports that teenagers, commercial drivers, people who have been drinking, males in rural areas and people driving at night are less likely to belt-up.
As of 2009, Florida law stipulates that drivers and front seat passengers not wearing seat belts can be ticketed. All children under age 18 must wear a seat belt or be restrained in a car seat.
For more information or to arrange a speaker on this topic, please call the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition speaker’s bureau at 239-343-3539. Speakers are provided free of charge to community groups and schools.