Secretary Jim Gray with the state’s transportation cabinet says sometimes even the most attentive drivers are involved in a crash caused by other drivers. He adds that’s why wearing a seat belt is the best defense against serious injuries and death. He says it is your best protection against a speeding, distracted or drunken driver.
According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, each year in the commonwealth, distracted driving results in more than 50,000 crashes, more than 15,000 injuries and approximately 200 deaths.
Officials with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety say more than half of those killed in motor vehicles are not wearing a seat belt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants and by 60 percent for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants.
Gray says a seat belt is the best way to ensure you and your loved ones make it home safely so buckle up.