Back-Seat Safety

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:39am

It takes only two seconds to do.

"In 2008 51 percent of the people who died in the Troop I area were unrestrained," Trooper David Anderson with Troop I said.

But we still won't take the time to buckle our seatbelt.

Trooper Anderson said in 2008 Troop I wrote over 11-thousand seatbelt citations.

He said, unfortunately some people feel like they shouldn't buckle up and would rather pay the 25-dollar fine.

"What you're doing is putting a dollar amount of what your life is worth," Anderson said.

In Louisiana passengers in the back seat don't have to wear a seatbelt, unless they're 13 and under or weight less than 60 pounds.

What people fail to realize is, once they're in an accident and they're not buckled up…they become a projectile.

"By you not being restrained in that vehicle you're adversely affecting the other people that are in that vehicle," Anderson said.

According to a study done in 2002 the risk of death for drivers and front-seat passengers increased when rear-seat occupants were unrestrained.

In a new study, if people riding in the back seat of a vehicle would have buckled up…22 lives could've been saved in 2007.

While it’s not a law to buckle in the back seat…some Acadiana residents think it should be.

"I feel that the law should be enforced that you wear a seatbelt in the back seat."

"I think it should be a law. Obviously it's shown to save lives and make a difference."

For some residents, who don't always wear a seatbelt, there are times that will.

"I go with my grandbaby and she always says Pop Pop buckle up for me. So I buckle up for her."

In a survey conducted last year the Louisiana highway and safety commission found that only 27 percent of rear-seat passengers buckle up.