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Subject:  Re: Our Lame Duck Date:  10/19/2003  3:02 PM
Author:  sano Number:  8651 of 12906

Latest seat belt statistics leave room for improvement
August 2003

<<<<The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following seat belt statistics:

In 2002, 42,850 people died in traffic accidents. Of that number, 19, 103 were not wearing seat belts.

4,200 lives could be saved each year if 90% of the U.S. population wore seat belts.

Fatalities and accidents involving those not wearing seat belts costs the U.S. approximately $20 billion per year. Of that cost, 74% of the tab is paid for by the public.


One out of four Americans still doesn't wear a seat belt.
Convincing the American public to wear seat belts is a top priority for former emergency room physician, Jeffrey Runge. Dr. Runge is now the Administrator for the NHTSA. He is pushing for Congress to give states incentives to pass bills that would make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense. This means that a driver or passenger can be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt. The ticket would not have to accompany another violation, such as a speeding ticket.>>>>>

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