What's Holding You Back?

August 14, 2003


  • More Ohio law enforcement and EMC (first responders) have signed up to participate during this year's campaign than last year.  The combined efforts of these two important groups will lead to increased public awareness to the lifesaving choice of buckling up.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), raising safety belt use rate 5% nationwide will result in the prevention of 40 fatalities, 1,674 injuries and provide a cost savings of $91 million dollars.
  • The first enforcement wave focused on strict compliance to all of Ohio's occupant restraint and highway safety laws.  The combined efforts of more than 450 law enforcement agencies resulted in 8,290 citations of which 2,273 were seat belt citations.
  • In Ohio, more than 122,000 people were involved in motor vehicle crashes last year.   That is enough people to fill the Ohio State University Horseshoe more than 1.3 times.
  • Of those 122,000 people, 1,284 did not make it.  That is 1,284 fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and best friends.  1.284 lives cut short.
  • Two-thirds of those killed were not wearing their safety belts.
  • In 1999, more than 60% of the children killed in traffic accidents were completely unrestrained.
  • In 1999, motor vehicle occupant restraints saved the lives of an estimated 11,197 people over age four.  If all passenger vehicle occupants over age 4 used proper restraints, an additional 9,553 lives could have been saved in 1999.
  • Of those killed in fatal crashes, persons 21-30 chose not to buckle most frequently.
  • Safety belts save lives.  What's Holding You Back?


  • Trauma is the leading cause of death in America in children and adults ages 1-44 years.
  • Traumatic injuries account for one of every fourteen deaths in the U.S. and result in more years of lost potential life than heart disease and cancer combined.  More than 2.5 million years of life are lost before the age of 75 due to trauma.
  • Traumatic injuries occur sixty million times per year.
  • Trauma in Ohio annually results in over 80,000 admissions, 5,000 deaths, and an estimated 20, 000 permanent disabiliti3es.
  • Up to 45% of trauma-related deaths, approximately 900 in Ohio each year, are preventable.
  • Trauma is expensive.  Annual costs exceed 400 billion dollars nationally for hospital fees, lost wages, property damage, and forfeited productivity.  This is equivalent to $4,900 per U.S. household.
  • Buckling up significantly protects Ohioans from serious injuries and or death.

Stark County Sheriff's Office
4500 Atlantic Blvd., N.E., Canton, Ohio 44705
Tel: (330) 430-3800
FAX: (330) 430-3844
Internet: strkshrf@raex.com