Over 1900 Lives Saved in California Last Year
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ In California 1,920 people know that they are alive today because they used seatbelts, child safety seats, motorcycle helmets, or had cars equipped with air bags in 2008. These are lives that were saved during serious crashes by being properly restrained or protected.
“Nearly two thousand people, in just the last year alone, have lives and futures today because they took the small amount time and effort to buckle up or use a helmet,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “It is staggering when you contemplate the tragedies that have been averted that would have otherwise affected tens of thousands of their families and friends.”
The estimates from the National Highway Safety Administration are calculated using the effectiveness of each device. Since 2006, an additional 6,656 lives have been saved in the state due to these same criteria. The 1,920 lives saved in 2008 consists of:
33 children age 4 and under saved by being properly restrained in a child safety seat1,424 ad Skechers Outlet ults and children age 5 and older saved by using seat belts173 front seat occupants saved by the deployment of frontal air bags291 motorcycle riders and passengers saved by wearing a proper helmet Many more lives could be saved if everyone used proper restraints or had cars equipped with air bags. In California last year, an estimated 161 additional people would have survived crashes if they had been wearing seat belts. Another 26 motorcycle riders would be alive if they had been wearing helmets.
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