Archive for Monday, August 16, 2010

Seat belt usage increases in Kansas

A record number of Kansas drivers have been using their seat belts during the past year. A study has shown more then 80 percent of Kansas drivers are wearing the safety devices.

August 16, 2010


— A record number of Kansans are using their seat belts this year.

A new study found that seat-belt use in Kansas was 81.8 percent this year, an increase of almost 5 percentage points over last year. That's the biggest increase since 1993.

Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller says the increase is gratifying, but the percentage is still too low.

The Kansas City Star reports that state traffic safety experts believe a new state law that allows officers to stop drivers for not wearing seat belts contributed to the increase. They are expecting another increase next year as the new law is more widely enforced.

The state says that between 30 percent and 40 percent of the drivers killed on Kansas roads each year aren't wearing seat belts.


labmonkey 7 years, 8 months ago

I think those damn nag beeps that are in most newer cars are more responsible. My wife's Taurus will beep very loudly every 45 seconds if the seat belt is not on....even if the car is in park. My two Chevy's aren't as bad, but they still nag you.

Kyle Miller 7 years, 8 months ago

Those nag beepers are easily removeable :)

DillonBarnes 7 years, 8 months ago

One could simply buckle the seat belt up behind them.

squeaker 7 years, 8 months ago

Hydra said, "The state says that between 30 percent and 40 percent of the drivers killed on Kansas roads each year aren't wearing seat belts. That seems to say 60-70% of drivers survive without seat belts. Would that go up if no one wore them?"

What- check your stats, you are mixing apples and oranges there.

30-40% of the drivers KILLED on Kansas highways were not wearing their seatbelts. In the remaining 60-70% of drivers KILLED the crashes were not survivable regardless of whether they wore a seatbelt or not. An example of this are the two parents killed on the Turnpike between Lawrence and Topeka last month. If your vehicle flips on its side and then takes a bridge abutment through the windshield at highway speeds the front seat passengers will not survive regardless of safety belts. However, the four children in the car were also buckled in and all survived- the 4 year old in the car seat within reach of his dead parents wasn't even injured.

The other 60-70% were KILLED too- they didn't survive.

Now, if you want to go apples with apples- 81% of drivers are wearing seatbelts and 19% of them are not.

squeaker 7 years, 8 months ago

Since we are talking statistics (which are my life) are some verifiable, scientific studies regarding the use of safety restraints.

Can you seriously cite a scientific study that shows you have a better chance of survival without a seatbelt?????

Research has found that lap/shoulder safety belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent. For light truck occupants, safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent. (NHTSA, 2005)

Use of safety belts at the time of a crash makes a significant difference in hospitalization outcomes. One person in six (17%) who was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash was hospitalized compared to one person in three (32%) who was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. (NHTSA, 2005)

Ejection from a vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes in 2004, 74 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle where killed. Safety belts are effective in preventing total ejections; only one percent of the occupants who used restraints were totally ejected, compared with 29 percent of unrestrained occupants. (NHTSA, 2005)

From 1975 through 2004, it is estimated that safety belts saved 195,382 lives, including 15,434 lives saved in 2004. If all passenger vehicle occupants over age 4 wore safety belts, 21,273 lives (that is, an additional 5,839) could have been saved in 2004. (NHTSA, 2005)

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 8 months ago

And just how do they know how many people are wearing seat belts? It there another government instrument in each new car that records and sends this information to the government? How do they make this kind of statement????

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