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Unbuckled in the Back Seat? You'll Become a Human Missile in a Crash
USA Today:When a car crashes with a passenger in the back seat who isn't using a seat belt, the unbelted rear-seat passenger can slam into the driver's seat, pushing the driver into the airbag and steering wheel with a 35 mile per hour impact, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The issue takes on special importance given the popularity of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, plus taxicabs, where customers are more likely to go unbelted than in their own vehicles, says Jessica Jermakian, an IIHS senior researcher who co-authored the study. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, 1,018 unrestrained rear-seat occupants died in auto accidents.

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Trooper: If Your Vehicle has a Seat Belt, You Need to Have It On
WSFA News: A new study from he Institute for Highway Safety found seat belt usage takes a significant when adults move from the front seat to the back seat. The study, which included 35 mph crash tests, also found an unrestrained back seat passenger becomes a missile at the time of collision. The institute said the driver is two times more likely to be killed in a crash when the backseat passenger is not buckled up.

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Adults Less Likely to Use Seat Belts in Back Seat of Hired Cars
CBS News: A new survey reveals more than a quarter of adults admit they don't always buckle up in the back seat. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 91 percent of adults say they always wear their seat belt in the front seat, but only 72 percent are just as diligent in the rear.

People who don't wear their seat belts account for about half of all deaths in car crashes each year, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave. The report shows how effective seat belt laws and safety education have been in getting folks up front to buckle up – but not in the back.

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Seat Belt Use in 2016

NHTSA: In 2016, seat belt use in the United States ranged from 70.2 percent in New Hampshire, to 97.2 percent in Georgia. Nineteen States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands achieved belt use rates of 90 percent or higher. These results are from probability-based observational surveys conducted by the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

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Seatbelt Fatality Reduction
Fatality Reduction by Seat Belts in the Center Rear Seat and Comparison of Occupants' Relative Fatality Risk at Various Seating Positions

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NTSB Rear Seat Safety in Passenger Vehicles
This report discusses improving the safety of the rear seat environment in passenger vehicles is vital to the goal of preventing fatalities and mitigating injuries in automobile crashes.

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Rod Scott's Father Speak out on Proposed Seat-belt Bill and Son's Legacy
"Scott’s father, Rodney Scott, who is the assistant basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School, where Roderic “Rod” Scott was a star athlete, said he was contacted by members of the legislature shortly after his son’s death. He said he was asked if he would be okay with having a piece of proposed seat belt safety legislation named after his son."

                                  
                       Rod Scott - 17 Year old Student who died after being ejected from a vehicle. (WFSA)

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Lives Saved in 2015 by Restraint Use
NHTSA: In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants 5 and older, and an estimated 2,573 lives of occupants 13 and older were saved by frontal air bags. An estimated 266 child occupants 4 and younger were saved by the use of child restraints, and 1,772 lives were saved by the use of motorcycle helmets. An additional 2,804 lives would have been saved in 2015 if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts. Similarly, if all motorcyclists had been helmeted, then an additional 740 lives would have been saved



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Seat Belt Use in 2015
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Restraint Issues Report
The goal of this problem identification is to assure that the restraint enforcement program considered by the state throughout FY 2017 is completely evidence-based, the evidence being derived from past data obtained from crash records.

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