Safe Driving Month – Seat Belts
As our Safe Driving Month rolls on, this week we are discussing the importance of wearing seat belts. Wearing a seat belt properly can reduce our risk of serious injury or death in motor vehicle crashes by 50%. According to the CDC; from 2003 to 2012 there were 8,073 motor vehicle fatality crashes in Missouri. Males are more than twice as likely as females to be involved in fatal vehicle crashes and only 79% of drivers buckle up for every trip in the state of Missouri. It seems like we all see the signs along the interstate stating the number of fatalities and the percentage of drivers that were unbuckled, it is usually over 60%.
Buckling up is the most important safety measure you can take to protect yourself in a crash as it helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. The best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving is wearing a seat belt. AAA estimates that seat belt use in 2014 saved 12,802 lives. Most importantly, wearing a seat belt is required by law! As a result, we put it in our policy for our employees, and you should to.
The IFS Fleet Policy states:
“All drivers that drive Company owned vehicles or personal vehicles for company business and their passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times while operating the vehicle. Seal belts save lives and can help reduce the amount of injury should a motor vehicle accident occur. Above all, wearing seat belts is the Law.”
Visit the Center For Disease Control Website to see some more statistics about accidents involving unrestrained drivers.
Find out if your employer has similar requirements. When at work or at play, wearing a seat belt may just save your life!
For more information about the IFS Safety Program, call 636-680-2100 and ask for Mike Schwaller.
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