Why Does a Primary Seatbelt Law Matter to Business?

Right now, the Utah Legislature is debating how to make Utah’s transportation system safer with a bill sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry and Sen. Curt Bramble. 

H.B. 79 moved successful out of the house on Feb. 17, 2015. The bill w ould allow officers to ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt without any other traffic offense-taking place.

The Utah business community has stepped behind this bill because employers understand that failing to buckle up harms others on Utah’s roads. We support a primary seat belt law that will protect operators and passengers in vehicles. Data from WCF also shows that seatbelt are a critical tool in workplace safety, but when you are on the road you are not in a controlled space. In fact, those who do not wear a seatbelt are 40 percent more likely to harm others in their vehicle and states with a primary seatbelt law have a 12 percent higher seatbelt higher use rate.

In reality, this is much more than any one incident. It’s about lives. And zero fatalities is a goal we can all live with.

So get involved, sign the petition or contact your legislator at: http://utahtransportation.org/

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