Myth: I don't wear safety belts anymore, now that I have a car equipped with airbags. It is not necessary.
Fact: Airbags are designed to be used in conjunction with
safety belts. Airbags work once and only in frontal collisions.
Airbags will not help in side, rear end, or rollover crashes.
Myth: I buckle up most of the time, but I am just going
to the corner store a few blocks from my house.
Fact: Crashes occur most often within 25 miles of home.
Myth: I don't wear safety belts because I fear being trapped
if the car caught fire or if I were to drive into a body of
water and become submerged.
Fact: Only about 1 in 200 traffic crashes involve fire
or submersion. Using safety belts prevents occupants from being
knocked unconscious or into other passengers, and prevents them
from being thrown from the vehicle.
Myth: The safety belt wrinkles my clothes.
Fact: After going through the windshield, you won't be
worried about your clothes!!!
Myth: I want to be thrown clear of my car to get out of
harms way in the event of a crash.
Fact: Your chances of being killed are four times greater
if you are thrown out of the vehicle.
Children and Safety Seats
Myth: An adult's arms provide the best protection for
a very small baby.
Fact: In only a 30 m.p.h. crash, a 15 pound baby can suddenly
weigh as much as 450 pounds. No matter how strong you are cannot
hold on to a baby in a crash. Instead you will crash into the
baby with the force of a fall from a three story building.
Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
in conjunction with State, County and Municipal law enforcement
agencies in Florida.