The World Health Organization calculates that in 2013 alone 1.25 road traffic deaths occurred globally, a staggering statistic.
Could that number have been reduced if more people had taken a few seconds to fasten their seatbelts? Very likely.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers, as well as passengers, decided to take a few seconds to strap in before facing an unknown crash. Seatbelt laws across the United States cause this number to stay high.
|An engineer at Volvo named Nils Bohlin invented the seatbelt in the late 1950s. Although this lifesaving invention was in existence in the ’50s, most car manufacturing companies promoted it as an only an option. It wasn’t until 1968 that the United States made it mandatory that all vehicles, besides buses, contained a seatbelt.|
Two categories seatbelt laws exist today: