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Volvo has the honor of being the first to carry the seat belts in 1849. The first American patent seat belt was issued to Edward J. Claghorn in New York, New York on February 10, 1885.
This patent was described as a seat belt for tourists who were "designed to be applied to a person, and provided with hooks and other attachments to secure the person to a fixed object."
Failure to wear seat belts is responsible for more deaths than any other traffic behavior. In all the traffic accidents reported for 1999, 63% of deaths did not wear seat belts.
The use of seat belts is still the only most effective thing we can do to prevent unnecessary traffic deaths and damage to America's roads.
Traffic data suggests that education alone is not enough to convince young people, especially men from 16 to 25 years of the dangers of not using seat belts. This age group is engaged in the belief in their immortality because of their young age.
It is this age group that also exhibits the most violations of drinking laws. They are also the most likely to accelerate, and other traffic-related offenses.
Because of this, it has been suggested that stronger seat belt laws and campaigns for increased visibility should be implemented to make them buckle up.
Safety belts are the most effective safety devices in vehicles today, estimated to save 9,500 lives each year. If 90 percent of Americans sprawl, it could prevent more than 5,500 deaths and 132,000 injuries annually.
The cost of untrained drivers and passengers goes beyond the dead and the loss of their families. Everyone pays for this neglect. It can be in the form of higher taxes, higher health insurance costs and higher medical expenses.
Imagine running as fast as you can, into a wall. You can expect to be quite pushed. What if a car suddenly appeared in front of you when you were driving at full speed? Would you be able to quit immediately?
This is exactly the situation you face when the front of his or her car hits something in just 15 miles per hour. The car stops during the first tenth of a second, but you continue at the same rate as you drove in the car until something stops you, the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield if you are not wearing your seat belt.
If this could happen at 15 miles per hour, imagine what a 30-mile-hour collision would bring? It would be the same as turning on the pavement after a fall on 3 floors.
A properly protected seat belt holds the second collision - the human collision happens.
"Properly worn" means that both bands are securely mounted to transfer the collision collision to those parts of the body that can take it, the hip legs and the shoulder legs.
With only the shoulder strap on, one can still slide out from under and become smothered. The clothes strap alone does not keep its face from hitting the steering wheel or other parts of the car.
Wearing seat belts is the law in most countries. There really is no reason not to wear them apart from ordinary laziness. But imagine that the investment in a few seconds before you continue to drive can save your life. Why not make the commitment to invest now?