Presentation on theme: "Transportation Tuesday TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY When seat belts are used, the risk of fatal injury to front- seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45%"— Presentation transcript:
Transportation Tuesday TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY When seat belts are used, the risk of fatal injury to front- seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45% BUCKLE UP - FOR EVERYONE’S SAKE
Transportation Tuesday WHAT EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS A seatbelt works best when … The shoulder belt is over your shoulder, not under your arm or behind your back Lap belt is across your hips, not your abdomen Seatbelts help the driver keep control If you are hit from the side, or make a quick turn, the force could push you sideways. You cannot steer the vehicle if you are not behind the wheel. Your seatbelt will hold you in place. Airbags cannot offer the protection of the seatbelt Airbags are good protection against hitting the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield - they do not protect you if you are hit from the side or rear or if the vehicle rolls over. there should be a seatbelt for every person in the vehicle
Transportation Tuesday DON’T RISK YOUR CHILD’S LIFE Children should be properly secured in in an approved car seat - make sure it is right for their age and size. Don’t secure your child in the front passenger side if your car has airbags. If you are in a crash and the bag opens, your child could be injured or worse. Never put a child in the luggage or hatchback compartment, unless in a safety seat specifically designed for that purpose. Read and follow the instructions. If you crash, and your child is not strapped in, you will NOT be STRONG enough or FAST enough to hold them. It’s a needless risk. Lead by example - make sure your children buckle up every time
Transportation Tuesday BACKSEAT PASSENGERS An unbelted backseat passenger travelling in a car that crashes at 30mph will continue to travel forward - into the front seat - at 30mph. An unrestrained child will probably pass between the front seats and into the dashboard or windshield. Backseat passengers who do not wear their seatbelt are likely to suffer chest injuries, broken ribs, broken hips, broken thighs, facial wounds, fractured skull or abdominal injuries Backseat passengers who do not wear their seatbelts are three times as likely suffer death or serious injury as passengers who are wearing a seatbelt. UK statistics reveal that only 48% of adults wear rear seatbelts compared to 92% of front passengers. What those 48% should know... Backseat passengers flying into the front seat are at risk of killing front seat occupants because of the impact.
Transportation Tuesday COMMON MISBELIEFS ABOUT SEATBELTS Seatbelts can trap you inside a car WRONG. It takes less than a second to undo a seatbelt. Collisions where a vehicle catches fire or sinks in deep water and you are trapped seldom happen. Even if they do, a seatbelt may keep you from being knocked out. Your chance to escape will be better if you are conscious. Seatbelts are good on long trips, but not important in town WRONG. Over half of all traffic deaths happen within 25 miles of home. Many of them occur on roads posted at less than 45 mph. Some people are thrown clear in a crash and walk away with hardly a scratch. WRONG. Your chances of surviving a crash are much better if you stay inside the vehicle. Seatbelts keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle into the path of another one. If I get hit from the side, I am better being thrown across the car, away from the crash point WRONG. Simple physics. When a vehicle is hit from the side, it will move sideways. Everything that is not fastened down, including passengers, will slide toward the point of the crash. NOT AWAY FROM IT. Try this one yourself - put some loose objects into an empty box. (Make it more fun - put in something fragile, like an egg.) Hit the side of the box. Hard. Where do the objects land? Now, try the same experiment but fasten the objects inside the box.
Transportation Tuesday FATAL CAR ACCIDENT - TENGIZ - AUGUST 2001 If you need proof... Local Halliburton employee and friends buckle up in this car Driver’s seat is forced forward by the backseat passenger as he flies through the car. Driver died. Local residents do not buckle up. - Backseat passenger from red car flew through the windscreen and landed here. 5 people - only one wearing seatbelt 4 people - all wearing seatbelts - one minor injury (driver cracked rib because of seatbelt impact) - everyone else unhurt - driver dead - three seriously hurt - one minor injury (the boy wearing his seatbelt) RED CAR FACTS GREY CAR FACTS