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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

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— 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.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 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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LJ Whirled 3 years, 8 months ago

The State implies that those "30 to 40 per cent" who were not wearing seat belts would not have died if they had been buckled up. They know that the implication is raised, and that it is not entirely true, and that there is no way of knowing how true or untrue it is. Does that make the State a liar?

By putting all of its eggs in the one basket of seatbelt usage (albeit at the tip of the Federal budget sword), the State misses the point that seatbelts don't help keep you safe unless and until there is a wreck. Wouldn't it make sense to put more of those eggs in the accident prevention basket? Accidents, and thus injury and death, could be better reduced by putting the focus on things that prevent the wreck ... things like using turn signals, following at a safe distance, not driving while distracted by your gadgets, or simply slowing down a little.

Nobody ever died in a wreck that didn't happen. That's a 100% survival rate, for you Topekans.

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squeaker 3 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.

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Kyle Miller 3 years, 8 months ago

Those nag beepers are easily removeable :)

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labmonkey 3 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.

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Hydra 3 years, 8 months ago

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?

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