Authorities Reminding Everyone To Buckle Up & Use Extra Caution On The Roads Over The Thanksgiving Holiday Period

Wed 11-21-2018

(Undated)-- Additional law enforcement officers are on the road this Thanksgiving holiday period and they're reminding everyone to buckle up.

Statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau indicate proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.

Studies also show that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in fatal crashes, and that younger drivers are at the greatest risk of being unbuckled. The agencies say the 13 to 15 year-old age group had the highest percentage, 62 percent, of occupants killed who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. They add seat belts play a critical role in preventing people from being ejected from a vehicle in a crash.

Four Iowans were killed in traffic crashes over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, down two from 2016.