Seatbelts are important to public health and safety

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Seatbelts are important to public health and safety because they work. Seatbelts truly reduce the risk of sever injuries and death during motor vehicle accidents. Guang-Ming, Newmyer, and Ming (2017) noted that seatbelt use is the single most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries during motor vehicle accidents, and wearing seatbelts can reduce injuries and deaths by approximately 50%. So we know they are effective, and as a caring society we should want our people safe, but why shouldn’t we still allow people to make their own decision on wearing a seatbelt? One good reason is because it cost our society lots of money. Jiang, Sprague, Perez, Cooper, Metakos, and Viner-Brown (2015) noted that from an economic standpoint motor vehicle deaths and injuries cost society more than $150 billion annually in the United States. Our country has many problems with health care cost. Being able to prevent or decrease injury and death cost associated with motor vehicle accidents could save our country a lot of money. Guang-Ming et al. (2017) noted that in a car accident in which people must go to the hospital, a non-seatbelt victim cost approximately $7099, and a seatbelt victim cost approximately $2909. That’s $4190 more just because the person didn’t wear their seatbelt.
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