A Few Good Reasons to Buckle Your Seat BeltAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017 alone, 2,549 lives would have been saved if the drivers and passengers involved in the crashes that ended their lives, had buckled their seatbelts. That year, of the total 37,133 motor vehicle accident fatalities that occurred, 47%, almost half, were people who were not wearing their seat belts.

In an effort to help get Coloradans to remember to buckle their seatbelts, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched a new light-hearted campaign earlier this month, reminding Colorado drivers of some of the many reasons they have to buckle up. 

The “Reasons” campaign consists of billboards located around the state displaying a list of reasons, some humorous, some serious, why a person might be inclined to buckle their seat belt. For example: “Reason #11 to Buckle Up: A windshield is something nobody should go through,” and reason #21: ‘“Be right back” shouldn’t be your last words.’

One reason in particular though, reason #3, may resonate a little more in 2020, due to the fact that large parts of the country have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: “Nurses are busy enough.”

According to CDOT Traffic Safety Manager Sam Cole: “This message is particularly relevant right now as healthcare workers are under a lot of stress from the coronavirus pandemic. By wearing seat belts, drivers and passengers can avoid ending up in an urgent care facility, putting additional strain on the system.”

CDOT data shows that 200 lives in Colorado are saved by seat belts annually and that as many as 70 more could be saved if the state had a 100% seat belt use rate. According to the most recent data, the state has an 88% usage rate, which while pretty good, is still under the national average rate of 90. Of course, that is the state as a whole, there are individual areas and counties that have much lower usage rates. 

So buckle up, you certainly have a good reason. 

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