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Seatbelts How many people here do not regularly wear a seatbelt? Why don’t you wear a seatbelt? From the time I was out of a car seat (age 4 to be exact), wearing a seatbelt was an absolute necessity. Every time I got into the car, my mom would say, “Sarah are you wearing your seatbelt?” She refused to start the car until my seatbelt was securely fastened. For a while my family’s nickname for me was “The seatbelt Nazi.” This was because when my dad was driving, I would get a little bossy and remind “him” that we couldn’t go anywhere until he put on his seatbelt. I believe that this conditioning from an early age has triggered a strong enough response that the first thing I do when I get in a car is still put on a seatbelt. I would not consider myself a “Nazi” about seatbelts anymore, but I definitely am a strong proponent of wearing them. Statistics, coalitions, campaigns, imposed fines and true stories have all sensationalized
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Unformatted text preview: the effects of not wearing a seatbelt. I will talk about each of these subjects in this speech to further prove the point; seatbelts save lives. In the United States, 15 out of every 100,000 people will die from traffic accidents. The total number of traffic fatalities per year is about 32,000. Of these accidents, 9,500 were preventable. Although statistically speaking, America is doing better, we have increased our seatbelt wearing from only 58% in 1996 to 75% in 2002, but many lives are still being lost. Seatbelts saved 13,274 lives in 2001, which is great, but if all occupants over the age of 4 had been wearing seatbelts, then 7,344 more lives could have been saved. Groups such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have implemented programs such as the “Click It or Ticket” campaign which have successfully reduced the number of victims....
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