Wearing a seat belt can make a difference when it comes to life to death.
In a recent report by The Texas Department Transportation, it shows teen drivers rank high when it comes to fatal car crashes.
“New teen drivers are twice as likely to be in a fatal crash as adult drivers,” said Mary Belle Olson, spokesperson with TxDot.
The report shows, in 2016, 42% of Texas teens who died in wrecks weren’t wearing a seat belt. That’s why officials want to raise awareness with this message.
“That teens are aware of the importance of wearing their seatbelt anytime they are in a vehicle,” said Olson.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 20 years of age
“the important thing to remember is that buckling up is the best way to protect yourself in case of a crash.”
Overall, from Callahan to Nolan county TxDot reports a total of 19 deaths in 2016. The Abilene Police Department reports a total of 18 deaths in 2017 for the same counties.
“In Texas it is state law to wear a seatbelt whether you are a driver or passenger,” said Olson.”