13 percent of Americans don't regularly wear a seat belt

Published 04/14 2014 04:42PM

Updated 04/14 2014 05:41PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Every day, Salt Lake City firefighters and paramedics respond to traffic accidents throughout Utah’s Capital City. These first-responders often provide care for injuries that could have been prevented had the patient been wearing their seat belt.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 87 percent of Americans regularly wear their seatbelts while in a moving vehicle. While that may be a high percentage, injuries and deaths still take place each day that can be prevented by the wearing of seatbelts.

AAA says that seat belts are the single most effective means of reducing the risk of death in a crash and have saved nearly 300,000 lives since 1975 in the U.S. alone.

Although wearing seat belts is the safe and smart thing to do in a moving vehicle, it is also the law. Click here to see a great explanation of Utah’s seat belt law.

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