Today I am going to talk to you about something that kills every 12 minutes. And in the year 1997, according to Cathy Reiner of the Seattle Times it killed more than 41,000 people and injured more than 3.5 million more. What am I talking about? I am talking about motor vehicle accidents in which the people that were inside the vehicle were not wearing their seatbelts. Seatbelts are in vehicles for a reason and that reason is to keep people from dying in motor vehicle accidents. According to the Internet site seatbelts in the past 10 years had prevented 55,600 deaths and 1,300,000 injuries. Today I am going to talk to you about the safety of seatbelts, the cost for not wearing seatbelts, the law behind seatbelts, and the excuses people use for not wearing seatbelts, and I will try to convince each and everyone of you to drive wearing seatbelts on.
First of all seatbelts are in vehicles for their safety reasons and if it wasnít for seatbelts the death for motor vehicle accidents would be very high. The proper use of seatbelts is estimated to have saved 9,500 lives each year as stated by David Sedgwick from Automotive News. Seatbelts prevent the occupants of the car from hitting their heads on windshields and having their chest slam into the steering wheel. In every motor vehicle accident there are actually two collisions. The first is the impact of the vehicle and the second is the human collision. For example if, a car traveling 40 mph collides with a stationary object, the human collision against the car will take place at the same velocity. Imagine what it feels like to bang your head chest against a steering wheel or your head against a windshield at 40 mph. If that doesnít sound like fun then what about getting ejected from the vehicle and being killed because three-quarters of occupants who are ejected from the vehicle are killed. This is what happens when accidents occur and the occupants are not wearing their seatbelts.
Next, I am going to explain the cost behind not wearing seatbelts. According to Sam Mitani a writer for Road & Track states that every 14 seconds someone is injured in motor vehicle accident who is not wearing his or her seatbelt. Consider for each death, 19 people are hospitalized and an additional 300 have injuries requiring care. The cost for all these treatments averages $17 billion dollars in medical and emergency expenses. Who pays for these expenses? Most likely it is the insurance companies. They have to pay these expenses because people donít wear their seatbelts. What happens after the insurance companies pay out the money? The premiums go up and we end up paying for these accidents ourselves.
Another expense that we pay for not wearing our seatbelts is getting pulled over by the police. Police are now allowed to stop any vehicle just because the occupants are not wearing a seatbelt. Then you have to pay the ticket that you receive. Wouldnít it be easier just to put on the seatbelt and save the hassle of being pulled over?
The last thing I am going to talk to you about are the excuses people use for not wearing seatbelts and why you shouldnít use these excuses. Many donít wear seatbelts because they say they canít move when having the seatbelt on. In todayís vehicles the seatbelts are now made so you can move more freely. Another excuse people use is that they are only driving around town. According to Mike Sheldon from the magazine Overdrive the majority of all motor vehicle accidents occur within 25 miles from the home and 80% of all serious injuries occur in vehicles going under 40 mph. A final excuse that many use is that they are good drivers and they donít need to wear seatbelts. You may be a good driver but there are many conditions out of your control such as weather, road conditions, and other drivers. The best thing to do is stop making excuses and take the extra second to put on the seatbelt.

In conclusion seatbelt use is at about 68% and you should stop to think if you are that 68% and if