Photo/Story Gallery 2007

Seat Belts DO Save Lives

FHP Sergeant Gourley talks to an eyewitness at the scene of an overturned vehicle crash.If it’s ever been said that seat belts don’t work, just ask the driver of this overturned vehicle that crashed on Interstate 75 after a chain of events caused her to lose control, travel off of the roadway, and overturn.

Trooper Smith  and Sergeant Gourley listen intently as the driver of this vehicle describes how she lost control of her vehicle. Seat belts keep drivers and passengers from being ejected through windows or doors. This is important because your chances of being killed are five times greater if you are thrown from the vehicle. Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior.

In Florida, approximately 62% of people killed in crashes are not wearing seat belts. Wearing a seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on Florida’s roadways.

Pictured left, FHP Sergeant John Gourley talks to an eyewitness at the scene of an overturned vehicle crash and right, Trooper Walter Smith (L) and Sergeant John Gourley (R) listen intently as the driver of this vehicle describes how she lost control of her vehicle.