With an average of 8 fatal traffic crashes a year on the Baltimore Washington Parkway, the United States Park Police is increasing enforcement for seatbelt usage on this roadway.
Traffic Safety Unit Crash Reconstructionists have identified a lack of seat belt usage as a major factor in about half of these fatal crashes.
We firmly believe that a combination of education and enforcement will assist in reducing this toll.
The rate of compliance with seatbelt usage in Maryland, at 94%, is the highest on the East Coast.
The Baltimore Washington Parkway has a compliance rate slightly lower than Maryland’s average at about 90%.
Unbelted passengers die in traffic crashes because they are ejected from vehicles or are severely tossed around inside crashing cars.
Seatbelts will save lives.
Those refusing to use seatbelts claim a false sense of security because their cars have airbags. Airbags are a supplemental restraint system - just that, a supplement-not the whole safety package.
Some refuse to use seatbelts because they fear being trapped in a crashed car.
This is simply misplaced logic.
Should you be involved in a serious crash, your chances for survival are substantially increased if you wear a seatbelt.
Wearing a seatbelt costs nothing; receiving a ticket for not wearing one will cost you.
Crashing a car without a seatbelt may cost you and your friends and family everything.