LABELLE -- Hendry County Sheriff’s Office urges you to speak with the young adults in your life about the necessity of using seat belt restrains.
Face the Facts:
• The national seat belt use rate in 2021 was 90.4%, which is good — but we can do better. The other 9.6% still need to be reminded that seat belts save lives.
• Among young adults 18 to 34 killed while riding in passenger vehicles in 2020, more than half (60%) were completely unrestrained — one of the highest percentages for all age groups.
• Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2020, 67% of the 23,824 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do — 55% of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes.