Click It Quick | Seat Belts Save Lives | ND Teen Drivers

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Wearing a seat belt is one of the best habits you'll ever have.

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What can you do in less than 3 seconds
that could save your life?

  • Answer a text message. Probably not lifesaving.
  • Study for the biology exam. Definitely takes a lot more than 3 seconds.
  • Click it quick. Wear a seat belt. Without a doubt!

seat beltsThis is what we know. Wearing a seat belt is one of the best habits you'll ever have.
If you weigh 125 pounds and are in a crash at 30 miles per hour, your body will hit the inside of your car with a force of 3,750 pounds if you're not wearing a seat belt. Do you think you'll walk away? Perhaps, but likely with serious injuries. Or, you may not live through it.

In 2008, there were 13 fatal crashes with teens driving cars or pickups. Of those crashes, 15 people died. Only 2 were wearing a seat belt. Of those 1 was unknown. Are those the odds that you want to play?

12 teens not wearing seat belts died in just one year.

That's like half of your 1st grade class, or the high school basketball team. It's an entire cast of the school play.

What are some excuses people use for not wearing a seat belt?

  1. "It will mess up my clothes."
    A crash when you're thrown around the car will make them worse.
  2. "That's what the air bag is for."
    The air bag is designed to work along with the seat belt, not to replace it.
  3. "I don't need to wear them unless I'm on the Interstate."
    Really? Multiply your body weight by the speed you are driving. That's the force that you'll hit the inside of the car with, if you stay in it. And your chances of living if you're thrown from the vehicle? Not great.
  4. "If there is a fire or if I fall into the river, I'll never get out of the car."
    Less than 1 % of all crashes end up in this situation.
  5. "I only need a seat belt if there is a lot of traffic."
    Most crashes are single car crashes, and do not result from heavy traffic. Everyone in the car needs to wear a seat belt, every trip, every time.

3 seconds to save your life!

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