Buckling up may feel uncomfortable for some motorists in Kansas City, Missouri. However, it is a simple way to protect yourself from a possibly serious injury, such as a spinal cord injury. In fact, seat belts, together with airbags, are designed to protect the vehicle's occupants from more severe injuries in the event of an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 2012 report stated that lap-shoulder seatbelts can limit the risk of a fatal injury to front seat occupants by 45 percent. The seatbelt also reduces the risk of moderate to severe injuries by 50 percent. In 2011, approximately 11,949 lives of children aged five and older were saved because they were wearing their seatbelts. As a result, law enforcement officers and the Department of Transportation are doing their best to educate motorists about the significance of seat belts, not only to protect against spinal cord injuries but also to protect against fatal injuries from a crash.