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Officer Tickets 215 Phantom Motorists For Seatbelt Violation
Officer Tickets 215 Phantom Motorists For Seatbelt Violation

Across the U.S., in every state in the union (except New Hampshire), hundreds of drivers are ticketed each day for not wearing their seatbelts. In New Orleans, however, at least 215 of those tickets have gone to "phantom motorists", allowing one enterprising police officer to nab some extra pay. A...Read More»

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Rollover Airbags Soon Required—Because Some Aren't Buckling Up

Head-protecting side-curtain airbags are proven lifesavers; they've already helped contribute to the drop in traffic fatalities over the past several years, and safety officials have estimated that they alone could save up to 2,000 lives per year. In what almost seems like safety officials' version...Read More»

Screencap from "Embrace Life" seatbelt ad
Video: YouTube Crowns Its First 'Ad Of The Year' Winner

There are a lot of commercials floating around the internet (and on TV, too, we suppose), and a number of international awards have sprung up to recognize excellence in the field of advertising. So far, Cannes has been the biggest of the bunch, but Cannes and other award-givers often focus on...Read More»

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Traffic Fatalities Up For Police Officers, Down For Everyone Else

Today's vehicles provide much better occupant protection than those of three decades ago. And we've also made tremendous progress in making our roads a bit safer, and in getting people to buckle up. But, in a puzzling twist it seems, law-enforcement officials are more often perishing in their...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Oh, Behave: More States Tighten Seat Belt And Texting Rules

You should know better by now not to buckle up, buckle up your loved ones, and avoid texting while driving altogether. But, increasingly, it's also the law. Last week, both Georgia and Vermont joined 26 other states in banning text messaging by all drivers. The Vermont rule went into effect June 1...Read More»

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Seatbelts Newly Required For Georgia Pickup Drivers

No, this isn't a headline dredged from Google News Archives. Just today, the Georgia House passed a measure that ends an odd loophole allowing adults in pickup trucks—such as the Indian Mahindra pickup that's soon expected from Georgia-based Global Vehicles—to legally eschew seatbelts. The...Read More»

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U.S. Traffic Fatalities Hit Historic Lows

Good news this morning from the U.S. Department of Transportation: traffic fatalities have been on the decline for nearly four years running, and the number of people killed on U.S. roadways in 2009 reflected that trend, dropping to 33,963. It goes without saying that that's still 33,963 deaths too...Read More»

Volvo safety test driver, 1959
Crash Testing In The Old Days: Volvo Safety Video

Last Thursday was the 50th birthday of the three-point safety harness, invented by Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin. After we ran an item to commemorate the event, we got a nice note from the UK offering us a video clip with some Volvo safety history. The video turns out to have wonderful...Read More»

Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin, demonstrates the three-point safety harness in 1959
Celebrating Seat Belt Safety: 50 Years of Saving Lives

As you get into your car today and buckle your belt without a second thought, pause for a moment. Today is the 50th birthday of the three-point safety belt, an invention that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally. The safety harness, as it used to be called, was created in 1959 by Nils...Read More»

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