AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – The number of traffic accidents has declined, but the death toll and death toll in Texas for not wearing seat belts has increased.
“Last year we were all reminded of the simple things we can do to protect our lives and the lives of our loved ones,” said James Bass, CEO of TxDOT. “Wearing a seat belt is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves against serious injury, even death, in a traffic accident. Instead of putting yourself and others at risk, remember: buckle up day and night, every rider, every ride.
In 2019, there were 926 deaths from people wearing seat belts, but in 2020 that number jumped to 1,073 deaths, which alone was a 16% increase.
And because of that, TxDOT is using this launch as a reminder to buckle up.
Half of all pickup truck drivers killed in crashes in the last year were not wearing seat belts, according to research by TxDOT. And during the night, when it is considered the most dangerous to drive, the results showed that 59% of all accidents in the evening resulted in the deaths of drivers or unbuckled passengers.
Simply putting on a seat belt reduces the risk of death by up to 45% for people in the front seat of passenger cars and up to 60% for people in vans.
From May 24 to June 6, Texas officers and assistants will strengthen their enforcement of state seat belt laws and child care seats. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be properly strapped to the front or back of a car. Or they can face fines and fees of up to $ 200. It is recommended that children under the age of 8 be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If a child is not secure, the driver faces fines of up to $ 250.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this initiative is estimated to have saved more than 6,000 lives, preventing more than 100,000 injuries and resulting in economic savings of $ 23.6 billion.