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When used properly, a seat belt, headrest and
airbag can save your life.
Each year in Québec, over 35,000 traffic accidents cause bodily
injury, almost 100 accidents a day. Road crashes cause approxi-
mately 50,000 accident victims, who sustain severe or minor
injuries, and claim an estimated 600 lives.
Seat belts reduce the risk of death and severe injury in a crash
When combined, a seat belt and airbag reduce the risk of
severe head injury in a crash by 75%.
When an automobile strikes an obstacle at a speed of 50 km/h,
the force it exerts on an object that is in motion multiplies the
weight of the object by 35 times. In other words, an individual
who weighs 70 kg becomes a 2,450 kg projectile that can
collide with the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard or
At 50 km/h, the impact of a crash is equivalent to an automobile
falling from a four storey building! At 90 km/h, the impact is
identical to a fall from a ten storey building!
In rear-end, side-on or head-on collisions, a properly adjusted
headrest reduces the risk of a cervical sprain by over 25%.
Today, nine out of ten Quebecers automatically buckle up when they get into a vehicle. That figure is too
low given that an estimated 30% of deceased drivers involved in accidents in recent years were not
wearing a seat belt.
Some people have the misguided belief that if they are driving
slowly or only a short distance, they are not at risk. This is false!
More than half of all accidents occur near the home and in zones
where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less.
By what logic can we, even today, ride in a vehicle without buckling
up when the facts are clear that a seat belt is a proven safeguard
and that under the law we have to buckle up?
It is also misguided to believe that in a crash, a passenger who is
sitting in the back seat is protected by the front seat. In a collision,
the vehicle’s occupants can be projected in all directions, depend-
ing on the point of impact.