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Seatbelts save lives!

Atrium Medical Center’s Warren County Safe Communities Coalition supports NHTSA’s seatbelt campaign

(Warren County) – Atrium Medical Center’s Warren County Safe Communities Coalition announces the kick off of the 2012 “Click it or Ticket” campaign in Warren County. This campaign is nation wide, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a primary goal of increasing seatbelt use and awareness.

Sara Tompkins, Program Director for Warren County Safe Communities states, “It is our responsibility as a coalition and a trauma center to promote seatbelt safety and reduce the amount of preventable injuries we see.” In 2011, Ohio’s seatbelt use was 84.12% statewide, a significant increase from the year 2000, at which time seatbelt use was only at 65.3%. Much of this increase can be contributed to safe communities’ coalitions, police, and other public safety affiliates throughout the state promoting the “Click it or Ticket “campaign.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in those ages 5-34. According to the CDC, seatbelt use reduces the risk for serious injury and death during a crash by more than 50%. Motor vehicle crashes are the second highest mechanism for trauma seen at Atrium Medical Center. In 2011, 32% of the patients seen at Atrium were not wearing seatbelts, reinforcing the need to promote seatbelt safety in the communities we serve.

The “Click it or Ticket” campaign officially began May 21. For any information on the campaign, or to request banners or promotional materials, contact Joey Brumfield, Trauma Outreach Coordinator at (513) 705-4713.

For more information about the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/ Off Site Icon.

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