Michigan State Police spokeswoman Melody Kindraka said seat belt use reduces the risk of dying in a crash by nearly 45 percent, and that every 1 percent increase in seat belt use means about 10 fewer deaths in car crashes and 130 fewer injuries. “It feels good to look back and see how many lives have been saved,” he said. Modern seat belts hold drivers and passengers in place, allowing other passive safety features to do their job. An airbag is of little use if, for example, the driver has been thrown into the front passenger seat. The three-week Click It or Ticket campaign kicked off on Monday. During this period, which includes Memorial Day weekend, police across the state will ramp up seat belt enforcement. In 1984, seat belt use in Michigan was less than 20%. It rose to 60 percent shortly after the law went into effect in July 1985, according to state police. It then fell to 45% before rising again, reaching an all-time high of 97.9% in 2009. The utilization rate was 93.3% in 2014. Passengers` use of seat belts in the rear center seat reduced the risk of death by 48 percent in cars and 73 percent in minivans, pickup trucks and SUVs, according to the IIHS and NHTSA. The use of pelvic and shoulder harnesses on boron outboards reduced fatalities by 54% and 75%, respectively.
“I`m the old lady,” she joked. “Every time I go out with my friends, a lot of them don`t wear seat belts in the back seat or when they walk around the corner, but I think if I wasn`t wearing seat belts, I wouldn`t be here. I wouldn`t have stayed in the car. Hollister asked members of the House Insurance Committee to drive cars to General Motors` Milford Proving Grounds to show them how scary vehicles can be. They wore seat belts but were always shouting to be let out of the cars. Thanks to his 21 years of practice, he knows that anyone who has been ejected from a car is not wearing their seat belt. The head of a new patient was dragged down the road after being thrown out of the car; She has lost half of her face and now has a permanent deformity. You`re putting yourself and others in the vehicle — the driver and passengers — at risk if you don`t wear seat belts in the back seat in Michigan. A driver is twice as likely to be killed in a head-on crash if the passenger behind them is not wearing a seat belt, according to the IIHS. Sara Schwartz, 24, a nurse in West Bloomfield, is one of thousands of people who blame seat belts for saving her life. At the time, the only government on the continent to have a seat belt bill was Michigan`s Canadian neighbor, Ontario, which enacted its law in 1976. The world`s first seat belt law was passed in Victoria, Australia, in 1970.
Supporters pushed hard, estimating that seat belts would save 300 lives a year in Michigan. At that time, 95% of cars were equipped with seat belts. July 1985: Seat belts are mandatory. Chimes and warning lights in cars, called extended seat belt reminders, cause forgetful people to buckle up. There is a common – albeit erroneous – assumption that driving in the back seat of a vehicle is safer. January 1985: The State House passes a law requiring seat belts. “There is a false perception. People feel safer in the back seat. (But) You have to wear a seatbelt somewhere in a car,” McCartt said.
If you are not strapped in the back seat. People can become projectiles and hurt other people. Once passed, the immediate impact of the seat belt law was enormous. It`s important to note that a terrible injury from a car accident isn`t inevitable just because you`re wearing a seat belt. There are also many circumstances where a seat belt can cause or contribute to a terrible injury. But in general, and applied to a large population, seat belts increase the likelihood that an injury will not become a serious injury and a serious injury will not become fatal. Michigan has a primary seat belt law, which means law enforcement can`t stop and punish motorists who aren`t wearing seat belts. The law requires: Although cars become safer and new restraints are created, seat belts remain the most important safety feature. What was once a lap belt draped over the abdomen has evolved into a three-point lap and shoulder harness. “As the summer travel season begins, we want to remind drivers and passengers to stay safe and wear seat belts, every trip, every time,” said Sledge. “Not everyone injured in motor vehicles bears the cost of their recovery.
Sometimes they end up with long-term injuries. In many cases, the government and the rest of us are footing the bill for some of that,” McCartt said. “It`s the law in every state except one to wear a seat belt. The debate is closed. Hospitals put up signs outside their emergency rooms to count the number of people not wearing their seat belts who had died over the weekend. The insurance industry and the three Detroit automakers were also involved. In addition, adults aged 35 to 54 were the least likely group to report always wearing a seatbelt in the back seat of a vehicle, according to the IIHS. What was the proposal that the Lansing Democrat tried to pass? A seat belt law. One night in December 2011, she was leaving the curling game of her then-boyfriend and now her husband in Ferndale when a car exiting I-696 ran a red light. The driver`s door of his white 2002 Ford Focus was crushed, the impact so violent that Schwartz was pushed into the space between the two front seats despite wearing his seat belt.
“It`s amazing to me how many people get out of pretty serious accidents without injuries. Many of them, I don`t see them because they don`t even come to me. You will see photos of emergency services on site. The car collapsed and the patient is fine,” the doctor said. “Prevention is the key, and that`s certainly what seat belts are for.” But some say Michigan`s seat belt law can be improved because adults sitting in the back seat don`t have to fasten their seatbelts. Michigan law requires people 16 years of age and older to wear a seat belt when driving or driving in the front seat. (MCL 257.710e(3)) (“Every driver and passenger of a motor vehicle travelling on a highway or highway in that State shall wear a seat belt properly fitted and fastened… She hypothesized that the use of rear seat belts is less because there are no memory systems like there are for the front, or that rear seat belts may not be as comfortable. Seat belt laws and enforcement measures such as Click It or ticketing campaigns as well as public education promote compliance. Michigan law requires drivers, passengers and passengers under the age of 15 to wear seat belts in every seat.