Buckle Up, and Save Your Giblets This Thanksgiving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual seat belt safety campaign, “Buckling up Could Save Your Giblets.” Not only will more people be on the roadways in California and across the U.S. during the week of Thanksgiving, there will also be more celebrations and more drunk drivers on the roadways. The holiday season is a time for families to enjoy each other’s company and give thanks for togetherness. It’s not a time to mourn the loss of a family member due to a car accident.

Buckle Up America, Every Trip. Every Time.

If you buckle up, as a front-seat passenger occupant, you’re decreasing your risk of suffering from a fatal injury by 45 percent. There is no better way to protect yourself in the event of a crash than to buckle up. Although some people think they don’t have to buckle up, because they have airbags, nothing could be further from the truth. Seat belts work with airbags. Air bags alone will not save your life in the event of a wreck.

Facts on Seat Belt Safety and Usage

• In 2012, 21,667 people were killed in crashes across the U.S.
• Over half of all those victims were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
• The NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved the lives of 12,174 people, ages 5 and up, in 2012.
• The NHTSA also estimates that had everybody buckled up, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved that year.
• In 2012, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 301 people were killed in car crashes across the country.
• 60 percent of the people killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend were not buckled up at the time of the crash.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

The NHTSA is hoping that the Buckle Up Your Giblets campaign will help to promote awareness about seat belt safety and usage this holiday season and all year long. Law enforcement officers are also going to be out in full force during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to take part in a National Click It or Ticket campaign too. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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