Reasons why wearing a safety belt is important

Safety devices are very important in our everyday life. Many accidents happen every single day and proper use of safety restraints have saved many lives. It is important to recognize the importance of wearing one. But also the importance of the proper use of seat belts.

As at 30th June 2017,  the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), reported that there were 2,834 road fatalities. Most of this death to due to unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants. Seat belts save lives.

Here are the top reasons why wearing a safety belt saves lives:

Reason #1

Passengers in a vehicle who are not wearing a seat belt can become projectiles during an accident. Unbuckled passengers can very easily be ejected through the front, rear or side windows, resulting in death.

Reason #2

Passengers in the rear seat of an automobile who use both lap and shoulder safety belts are 44% more likely to survive in crash. The percentage increases to 73% for rear seat passengers in Vans or SUV vehicles.

Reason #3

Kenyans die every day in vehicle accidents. In 2015, of the 3,518 road accidents reported across the country, 2,369 of those accidents resulted in a fatality or serious bodily harm.

Reason #4

Wearing a seat belt prevents passenger ejection during a severe accident that involves a rollover. The chances of surviving this type of accident increases 45% when wearing a proper safety restraint device. In pickup trucks, that number increases to 60%.


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