A 19-year-old from Atlantic Beach near Jacksonville suffered fatal injuries when the pickup truck in which he was riding got a flat tire and rolled over. The crash happened Thursday afternoon, January 14, 2010 at about 4:15 p.m. on Interstate- 95 and LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach.
The teen was one of two passengers ejected from the vehicle, a 2005 Ford, after the driver lost control and the car went into the grass median before overturning twice. He was not wearing a seat belt. The other passenger, a 21-years-old, also of Atlantic Beach, was not wearing his seat belt and was hospitalized. The 29-year-old driver from Atlantic Beach was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries.
Our prayers go out to the family members of the young man who did not survive and the other injured man who was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach and is recovering. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Florida’s New Seat Belt Law
Many people argue that they should not have to wear a seat belt if they do not want to and they refuse to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 20% of drivers are still not buckling up.
But consider the facts. The Florida Department of Transportation estimates that 3 out of 5 motor vehicle fatalities are directly due to the failure to wear a seat belt. So Florida joined 28 other states plus the District of Columbia last June in passing a primary seat belt law.
The fine is relatively small, $30, but officers can now pull you over for no other reason than not wearing your seat belt. NHTSA estimates Florida’s primary safety belt law will save 124 lives a year and prevent 1,733 serious injuries saving $408 million in associated costs each year.
Most injury from car accidents in Jacksonville and throughout the state of Florida results from not wearing a seat belt, more than any other factor. Follow the law and stay safe.