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To Buckle Or Not To Buckle A Matter of Life or Death In 1959 Nils Bohlin a safety engineer for the Swedish-based Volvo automobile company introduced the three-point shoulderlap safety belt Today seatbelts as they eventually would be known as are installed in all automobiles Seatbelts have proven to put the driver and the passengers at lower risks of mortality involved in accidents It is for this reason that forty-nine of the fifty states of America have made laws mandating the use of them Buckle up its the law say many highway signs to inform motorists Although the laws may not be easily enforced many lives of American citizens have been lengthened due to them If there were such laws my daughter would be living today says Autumn Obile mother of a crash victim The Obiles a typical American family make their home in New Hampshire the only state that does not have seatbelt laws Sarah Obile who was honor student at Concord High School was driving to school one day and in swerving to avoid a duck in the road was hit head on by a pickup truck Sarah who was not wearing a seatbelt a common occurrence among New Hampshire residents was killed in the accident An officer at the scene stated that she would have survived had she been wearing her seatbelt This circumstance is getting to be all too common states Officer Mizowski the policeman at the scene Several studies have shown that Sarahs circumstance is very common In fact this same scenario happened to 31811 Americans in 1998 Prior to this Buckle up America a country-wide campaign aimed at increasing the frequency of Americas poor 69 seat-belt usage The campaign which aimed to increase frequency to 85 by 2002 saved 4194 lives and prevented 102 518 injuries was deemed as a success Many more other respected studies show the benefits of use of seat belts as well
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