Not quite certain why seat belts in back seats so often seem to miss the radar. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association only 17 states plus D.C. and two territories have primary Seat Belt Laws that include all seats (front and back). According to an article published in Accident, Analysis and Prevention there is a higher mortality rate for drivers who have unrestrained back seat passengers.
Does your state have a primary Seat Belt Law that applies to all seats? Have you, should you, consider including this subject in your legislative agenda?
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The winners of the 2014 JTN Writing Awards have been announced and are freely available to all during 2015. The articles and links are found at the bottom of this column. Read the articles and let the authors know that you appreciate their contribution to trauma nursing.