Wear your seatbelt as you travel this holiday

Seatbelts remain the best way to survive a car accident when traveling the roads this holiday season.

Not wearing a seatbelt increases the risk of death in an accident, especially as cars begin to include more and more living space. Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Sergeant Mike Mitchell says the stats strongly support wearing a seatbelt at all times.

Mitchell says common arguments against wearing a seatbelt, such as wanting to be thrown from the vehicle rather than burn up or drown, don’t hold up. Those thrown from vehicles often will be thrown violently into or onto something hard, and don’t usually make a soft landing. About two-thirds of all fatal crashes over the last few years have involved a driver or passenger not using their seatbelt, according to Mitchell.