Despite years of education and proven safety, some people still refuse to wear seatbelts while driving their vehicles. Even truckers have to wear seatbelts. Bigger vehicles and a taller ride height do not necessarily mean more protection, but sometimes people do skip the belt in bigger vehicles because they think so. That may be what happened in this case.
The Advocate reported on a crash in Pointe Coupee Parish that killed a husband and wife. They were driving a Chevy Silverado when it ran off the road. They were driving on U.S. Hwy 180 in the early morning hours of Saturday.
For reasons still unknown, they both weren’t wearing seatbelts when the SUV crashed into a tree. State police found the wreck and the bodies of the couple at the scene. Both were in the front seat at the time.
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According to the CDC, wearing a seatbelt when you’re in the front of a vehicle reduces the risk of serious injury by 50% and the chance of fatalities by 45%. In 2016, more than half of the people who died in crashes under the age of 45 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The math makes it simple. Buckle up and you’ll be much more likely to save your life and reduce your injuries if you get into a crash.
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