Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Click it...Or Ticket"

What people don’t realize is the choice their making when they drive without a seat belt wrapped around them every time they enter an automobile. Over the years government has sponsored multi-million dollar safety seat belt awareness campaigns for people in the United States. The usage has climbed over time, but recently over the past few years, it has become a must. Along some of the slogans the government has come up with is buckle up for safety, seat belts save lives, and buckle up America; it is easy to recognize at least one of these popular slogans.

One of the most popular slogans of all though would have to be “Click it…Or Ticket.” This slogan was the latest national seat belt campaign and had a starting advertising budget of an astonishing $25 million that was paid in full by the United States Government. According to statistics this slogan that came out in May of 2003 became successful. In 2004 safety belt usage increased to almost 80% up from the percentage of 58 in 1994. It was proven with just a 10% higher additional increase in safety belts could have saved an estimated 8,000 more lives per year and could also help by preventing more than 100,000 traffic related accident injuries.

It all comes down to the decision of the people rather or not to use a seatbelt. The choice should come to people more simply than it does. If you wear a seat belt it significantly increases the chance of a person surviving a car accident. It is true that the car accidents are the primary cause of death among people from the age of 4 to 34 years of age. So as you made of heard before it is your choice, your money, your life.

1 comment:

  1. Kelsey--

    An interesting an informative post. A few things to keep in mind:

    How does your support of seat belts square with being a bad driver? Are you saying that you are a bad driver but recognize the need to take precaution?

    Links, links, links. You need to link to the program that you are discussing, as well as the places where you got your information (the facts you share).

    Also, be sure to attribute the facts to the person/group responsible for sharing them. Otherwise, they look suspicious.