Seatbelts Keep You Alive Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Seatbelts Keep You Alive
A persuasive essay on the vital role of seatbelts in preventing fatalities and disabilities.
# 128978 | 1,219 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 19, 2010 in Medical and Health (First Aid and Safety) , Law (General)

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The paper chronicles the passing of legislation in the United States concerning mandatory seatbelts in cars and highlights the delays in making seatbelts the law. The paper reveals that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about 270 lives are saved for every one percent increase in belt use. The paper further reveals that not wearing a seatbelt doubles a person's chances of being seriously hurt in a collision. The paper calls for efforts to be made to continually increase the percentages of people who buckle up for safety.

From the Paper:

"Humans are very independent animals. Sometimes it takes them a long time to see the need for action. Seat belts are a perfect example. Volvo actually designed the first seat belts in 1849. Even that early in the automobile's history, the car manufacturer understood the need for seat belts. Time went on: In the 1930s, several American doctors equipped their own cars with lap belts and started urging manufacturers to put them in all new cars. In its history of seatbelts, the Prevention Institute explains that it took another 20 years for the first car, the 1950 Nash Statesman and Ambassador, to install seatbelts. Time went on again. In 1965, about 50,000 people were killed in car crashes, but still no seatbelt laws were on the books. The $320 million highway beautification bill allotted $5 million to figure out ways of getting rid of scrapped cars and $500,000 to study highway safety. Car ads focused on comfort and style, not safety."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Centers for Disease Control. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  • NHTSA (2008) "Seatbelt Use Hits Lowest Levels." Retrieved November 23, 2008
  • Prevention Institute (2002) "Seatbelts: Current Issues" Retrieved November 23, 2008.

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

Seatbelts Keep You Alive (2010, August 19) Retrieved July 13, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Seatbelts Keep You Alive" 19 August 2010. Web. 13 July. 2020. <>