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Operation Beltway is out to get you ... Buckled Up!

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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.


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