GEICO reminds drivers that buckling up is one of the easiest ways to save lives

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
reported that nearly half of traffic fatalities were unbuckled. Whether
drivers are getting ready to travel for the holidays or simply begin
their morning commute, GEICO
reminds them to make buckling
up
a priority.

How does a seatbelt protect the driver?

When a crash occurs, it’s impossible for objects and humans to defy the
laws of physics. At the moment of impact, anything not secured in a
vehicle will continue to move at the speed the vehicle was traveling
prior to the crash, and that includes you.

A seatbelt prevents the driver from striking hard surfaces in the
vehicle or being ejected in a crash – both of which can lead to serious
injuries or fatalities. In fact, wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk
of critical injuries by 50 percent for front seat passengers according
to NHTSA.

Failure to buckle up could hit your wallet

Nearly every state has a seatbelt law. In 34 states, officers can
specifically stop a driver for not wearing a seatbelt.

State fines for not buckling up can range from $25 to $200, plus
additional fees like court costs and surcharges – a fairly steep price
to pay for an activity that only takes a couple seconds.

Tips for drivers

  • Insist that all passengers buckle up; don’t move until you hear
    everyone click.
  • Set an example for younger drivers by remembering to buckle up before
    putting the car in gear.
  • Don’t let excuses like “it’s uncomfortable” or “it will wrinkle my
    clothes” deter you from clicking.

GEICO
(Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire
Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger
auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in
1936, provides millions of auto
insurance quotes
to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to
serve more than 14 million private passenger customers, insuring more
than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

For more information, go to www.geico.com.

Contacts

GEICO Communications
gcorpcomm@geico.com
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