The Saved by the Seatbelt Award is given to person(s) involved in serious vehicle crash that were saved from serious injury or death because they chose to wear a seatbelt. The nomination must be submitted by a law enforcement agency. The nomination would include the crash report and it would describe how the seatbelt or child safety restraint eliminated or reduced the injury or prevented a fatality to the nominee.
It has been proven that over 50% of people involved in serious vehicle crashes have been “Saved by the Seatbelt”. From 2004 -2008 more than 75,000 lives were saved from wearing seat belts.
The good news is, in 2009, seat belt used averaged 88 percent nationally, compared to 69 percent in 1998, NHTSA attributes this increase to the “Click It or Ticket”” campaign.
Wearing a seatbelt is a choice people make each time they get in their vehicles. A choice that takes less than 3 seconds and can affect the rest of that person’s life. People claim to have numerous excuses for not wearing a seatbelt, but, not one is good enough when they are seriously injured or die in a crash.
This award is co-sponsored by the Illinois Chief of Police Association, Illinois Department of Transportation, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.