The holiday season is now in full swing, and that often means more adult passengers riding in the backseat as everyone car pools to holiday parties, shopping centers and seasonal charity events. Unfortunately, too many adults neglect to buckle up when they travel in the backseat, despite the fact that rear-seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash if they’re unbuckled.
Nationally, seat belt use by adult rear-seat passengers is just 78 percent compared to 87 percent for the front seat, based on the latest data. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the discrepancy is even more pronounced in vehicle crashes involving a fatality: 60 percent rear-belt use versus 74 percent in the front.
This is why it’s important for all fleet drivers to make sure all passengers, including those in the backseat, buckle up each and every trip.
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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet