Message Monday

Buckle up! Windshields hurt

Have you ever bumped your head on something? Just a gentle tap can cause a goose egg or worse. Head trauma is one of the most common types of injury in a vehicle crash, mainly due to drivers and passengers who don’t wear seat belts. According to traumaticbraininjury.com, more than half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are a result of a vehicle crash.

So, if you are in a crash, what’s holding you back? Your best defense is a seat belt. Air bags are a great secondary protection, but your seat belt is the safety feature that holds you more securely in your seat in the event of a crash. That allows the air bag to do its work to provide a cushion between you and the hard surfaces that surround you in a vehicle.

Same car, same crash. Two very different results – https://youtu.be/9_Af8w2SAT4

For 2019, there have been 56 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of eight since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 318. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf

March 25, 2019