SEAT BELTS: Saving Lives on Montana Roads

SEAT BELTS: Saving Lives on Montana Roads

Montana KIDS COUNT Issue Brief - Vol 3, No 1 Summer 2014

By Daphne Herling

In a car that crashes while traveling at 35 mph, an unrestrained rear-seat passenger can cause as much damage to the driver as a fall from a height of 40 ft onto a hard surface. This is one of the dangers of not using a seat belt which is often overlooked, according to a paper recently released by Montana KIDS COUNT at the Bureau of Business & Economic Research at the University of Montana. The paper, entitled SEAT BELTS: Saving Lives on Montana Roads, explores traffic fatalities associated with not being buckled while riding in a car, with particular focus on keeping children safe.

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