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Seat belts save lives

1st Lt. Roberto Cornier, 45th Security Forces Squadron, encourages drivers to stay safe and always wear a seat belt.

1st Lt. Roberto Cornier, 45th Security Forces Squadron, encourages drivers to stay safe and always wear a seat belt.

PATRICK AFB, Fla. -- This week, the 45th Space Wing reinforces once again the importance of seat
belt use.

Seat belt use is not only mandatory on a military installation, but it is
also a state law. According to the Insurance institute, there are mandatory
safety belt laws in all states except New Hampshire. The fine for not
wearing a seat belt in Florida is $30 for adults and $60 for children.

According to the 45th Space Wing Ground Safety Office, 53% of people who die
in auto mishaps nationwide are not wearing seat belts. In fiscal year 2012,
the 45th Space Wing has had three personnel in major motor vehicle accidents
where all were wearing seat belts. One of the vehicles rolled, and the
individual involved in that accident only lost 4 days from work with only
minor injuries.

"Everyone has heard this before but it is worth restating-seatbelts save
lives," said Christopher Olesnevich, 45th Space Wing Ground Safety Manager.
"There is no excuse for driving or riding in a vehicle without one. Don't
let the one time you need your seatbelt be the one time that you fail to use
it."

According to PAFB and CCAFS seat belt checks, 99% of the base population is
wearing seatbelts while operating a vehicle on base. Now that the wing has
made it through the "Critical Days of Summer," please continue to remember
seat belt safety through the winter holiday season.