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A Parent's Guide to Teen Driving: The Risks of Teen Drivers

Seat Belt Use

  • 96% of adults in Ontario use seat belts, yet only 67% of high school students in Durham Region state they always wear a seat belt.
  • The best way to reduce injuries and deaths caused by car crashes is to wear a seat belt.
  • Seat belts spread the impact of a crash over larger and stronger parts of the body. This includes the shoulders, chest and hips.
  • Young drivers and passengers are the least likely to wear seat belts and the most likely to crash.
  • An unbelted passenger can become a high speed object during a crash, putting others at risk for injury.
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