Your Healthy Family

Jun 4, 2014 4:46 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Teens and Seat Belts

More teens die in car crashes than from any other cause, yet many teenagers are not protecting themselves by buckling up with a seat belt.
"It's hard to say exactly why they're making that decision not to buckle up, it's one that we wish they wouldn't make because in the end we would like to see everybody walk away from that accident," said Lt. Catherine Buckley with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
She says the new numbers from Safe Kids Worldwide survey are concerning.
"We've shown and we've proven over the years that seat belts do save lives and that's a message that we have to get across to our young drivers," she said.
The survey of one thousand teens revealed a quarter of them don't buckle up.
"They may decide that it's just not that important to buckle up, or I don't want my clothes to wrinkle, or maybe there are more kids in the car than there are seat belts that are available," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide
CSPD collaborates with Drive Smart Colorado to talk to teens about safe driving practices.
Lt. Buckley says even if you're just going down the road, it's important to develop good habits for every time you drive.
"A lot of people don't think they can be involved in accidents in those situations and that's just not true. The majority of accidents happen within a very short distance of your home," said Lt. Buckley.
The survey also suggests many parents are not setting good examples of safe driving.
Kids who do not buckle up, often have moms or dads who do not buckle up.

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