You Only Live Once, Right?

“You Only Live Once,” right? People use this as a motto or mantra to justify taking dangerous risks. Sky diving. Mountain climbing. Nearly impossible challenges. Driving a sports car at top speed. However, if you really do only live once, maybe we should look at it as a way of making sure we take care of the only life we have. Simple steps like buckling up or putting your phone away before driving only take a few seconds, and may save your life!

The use of seat belts is the single best way to save lives and to lessen injuries in traffic crashes. We don’t think twice about using sunscreen or bug spray, yet many times we fail to use our seat belts. Seat belts should be worn whether you are the driver or passenger, in the front seat or back. “Vehicles have many more safety features today than ever before, but there is nothing more important than the simple seat belt,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Here are some seat belt facts from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Office:

  • Every hour someone dies in America, simply because they did not buckle up.
  • 123 out of 172 people killed in motor vehicle crashes, in Nebraska in 2017, were not wearing their seatbelts. That means 72% of the deaths could have been prevented!
  • Seatbelts are the single most effective way to reduce fatal and non-fatal injuries from car accidents and can reduce the risk of crash injuries by more than 50%.
  • Did you know that in Nebraska, drivers operating under a Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP), require that all people in the vehicle must ride wearing a seat belt? It’s true: https://dmv.nebraska.gov/dl/pop.

When in a moving vehicle, buckle up 100% of the time, no matter how short the trip. Make sure each person in your car buckles up, every position, every trip, and every time - even those in the back seat. Parents and caregivers, show your children that you use a seat belt on each trip. Follow all speed limits. Watch for children on foot or bicycles around you. You only live once! Be safe for those who love and need you.

For more information on motor vehicle safety and seat belt use, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts, call (402) 362-2621 or toll free at (877) 337-3573 or email questions to info@fourcorners.ne.gov.