Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) May 23, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated May 24-June 6, 2010, Click it or Ticket (CIOT) Mobilization Week. According to a James Madison University study, one out of every five drivers will be involved in a traffic crash this year. Safety belts, when used properly, reduce the number of serious traffic injuries by 50 percent and fatalities by 60-70 percent. CURE Auto Insurance reminds drivers to drive safe, always wear a seatbelt, and provides the following statistics to consider before getting behind the wheel.
- Failure to buckle up contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior. Every hour someone dies in America simply because they didn't buckle up (source: NHTSA).
- Safety belt use is one of the best defenses against the unpredictable actions of drunk drivers (source: James Madison University).
- Motorists can increase safety belt usage by example and verbal reminders. Nine out of 10 people buckle up when asked (source: James Madison University).
- Adults who don't buckle up are sending children a deadly message that it is alright not to wear a seat belt. Children model adult behavior. Research shows that if a driver is unbuckled, 70 percent of the time children riding in that vehicle won't be buckled either (source: NHTSA).
- Despite terrible traffic problems such as aggressive driving, increasing seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on Americas roadways (source: NHTSA). Sixty-three percent of people killed in car accidents were not wearing seatbelts (car-accidents.com).
- If 90 percent of Americans buckle up, more than 5,500 deaths and 132,000 injuries annually can be prevented (source: car-accidents.com).
- For maximum protection, safety belts should be fastened before traveling any distance or speed. Seventy-five percent of crash deaths and injuries occur within 25 miles of home. More than half of all injury-producing motor vehicle crashes involve low speeds under 40 m.p.h. (source: James Madison University).
Click It or Ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign to date, helping create a national seat belt usage rate of 83 percent. In the few seconds it takes drivers and passengers to fasten their seat belts, numerous lives can be saved. CURE Auto Insurance encourages drivers to buckle up every time they drive.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as an answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.