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Backseat passenger, no seatbelt? OK …. FINE!

The simple act of buckling up can prevent nearly 50% of all automobile deaths.

On June 24th, the traffic police corps of the Hainan Provincial Public Security Department instructed local public security traffic police departments to take active measures against motorcycle and electric bike drivers who do not wear safety helmets, and car drivers who do not use seat belts as required.

The Provincial Traffic Police Corps announced that if the driver does not wear a seat belt, they will be charged 1 point and a fine of 50 yuan; if the passenger (including the rear seat) does not wear a seat belt, a fine of 50 yuan will be imposed; if you drive an electric bike without wearing a helmet, you will be fined 30 yuan; if you ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, you will be fined 50 yuan.

What happens when you don’t buckle up?

  • The simple act of buckling up can prevent nearly 50% of all automobile deaths.
  • More than 75% of people who are ejected during a crash die from their critical injuries.
  • Only 1% of passengers who wear a seat belt are ejected from a car during a crash.
  • 22% of children who die in motor vehicle crashes within the age group 0 to 4 are unrestrained, while 24% of deaths among adults 75 and older are unrestrained. This compares sharply with the 25 to 34 age group, which experiences 60% unrestrained deaths.

According to CrashStats and the US National library of medicine:

  • A seat belt as a front-seat passenger car occupant can limit moderate to critical injuries by 50%.
  • Airbags provide added protection but are not a substitute for seat belts. Airbags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults.
  • Research has found that lap belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • An IIHS study revealed that 25% of those who didn’t buckle up did so because they believe that the back seat is safer than the front seat.
  • A 2013 study found that drivers are about twice as likely to be fatally injured in a crash if the left rear passenger was unrestrained.

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