The Next Great Safety Advance
The seat belt -- a simple, inexpensive piece of equipment -- has saved huge numbers of lives and limited serious injuries in crashes since they were mandated in all passenger vehicles in the mid-60s. Since 1975, when only about 20% of people used them, seat belts have been documented by NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to have saved over 135,000 lives and prevented countless serious injuries. It has been only recently that seat belt use reached the 80% level -- an impressive statistic, nonetheless.
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