Seat-belts & speed limits, How Important are they?

Seat-belts & speed limits, How Important are they?

By Police Staff

With over 288 million cars on US roads, it’s no surprise speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic crash fatalities. 37,461 People lost their lives in 2016 fatal traffic crashes. Of the total traffic fatalities, 10,111 were attributed to speed, which is an increase of 4% from 2015.

Did you know?

As a driver increases their vehicle speed, the likelihood of a pedestrian they strike surviving a traffic crash exponentially decreases? A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 30 mph has a 40% chance of severe injury or death. That same pedestrian has an 80 percent chance of severe injury or death if they are stuck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph more (40 mph).

Also, if you are driving 40% faster than the speed limit, your vehicle will take twice as long to stop, not including the extra distance it takes to perceive and then react to a roadway hazard. What does 40% look like?

Here is a quick reference guide, 20 mph plus 40% is 28 mph, 30 mph plus 40% is 42 mph and 55 mph plus 40% is 77 mph.

What can you do to increase your chance of survival in a traffic crash?

Some of the simplest things you can do is wear your seatbelt and slow down. Seat-belts saved 14,668 lives during traffic crashes in 2016, compared to 2,756 lives saved by frontal air bags. Oregon laws generally state seat-belts must be worn anytime a vehicle is driven on a roadway. So, pulling out of your driveway and putting your seatbelt on at the light could earn you a citation. Wearing your seatbelt tucked under your arm is also a violation of Oregon law and is not how seat-belts were intended to be used.

If you have question about the Oregon seat-belt laws they can be found here:

Beaverton Police Department is dedicated to increasing the safety on our roadways. Please be part of the solution: wear your seatbelt and slow down.

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