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Weekend Accidents

A Florida man is dead after an accident in Gulf County. State troopers said George Morgan of Wewahitchka was killed in the crash.

Morgan was driving his pick-up truck Sunday afternoon on County Road 22 near Freeman-Rouse Drive when he struck a culvert and was ejected from his vehicle. Troopers said Morgan was not wearing his seatbelt.

Also in Florida, Troopers said alcohol or drugs may be to blame for an accident in Calhoun County.

Officers said Jeremy Redmon of Blountstown was heading East on Salas Whitfield Road Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve in the road.

The truck flipped over and Redmon was ejected from the vehicle. Redmon is being treated for his injuries at Bay Medical Center. Troopers said he to was not wearing a seatbelt.

In Alabama, a Panama City man was killed early Sunday morning in a head-on collision on Interstate 10 in Baldwin County.

Officers said James Ward was traveling about a mile West of the Florida line at the time of the accident. He was not wearing a seat belt.

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Seat Belt Tips

  • A safety belt can only protect you if it is used -- and used properly.

  • Provide enough safety belts for each person traveling in your vehicle. Each person needs his or her own safety belt. Make sure all safety belts are working properly.

  • Ask passengers in the front and rear seats to use their safety belts. Most people will gladly buckle up if the driver asks them to.

  • Do not start your car until all safety belts are fastened.

  • Adjust your safety belt so it fits snugly over your hip bones. It should cross your lap low on the hips, not high across your stomach.

  • A shoulder belt should go over your shoulder and across your body diagonally. It should never be worn under your arm.

  • Infants should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag. Children, typically ages 12 and under, also should ride buckled up in the back seat.

  • Young children and infants always should ride in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats. The safety seat should be held properly in place by the vehicle's safety belts and the child should be correctly buckled in the child safety seat.

  • Wear both lap and shoulder belts. The shoulder strap should cross the collarbone, and the lap belt should fit low and tight. The shoulder strap should never be slipped behind the back or under the arm - this is a dangerous habit, especially in cars with air bags.

It Costs Not to Wear Your Seat Belt

  • Americans are paying $14.3 billion per year in injury-related costs for people who don't wear seat belts.

  • On average, those injured pay for less than 30 percent of these total costs. The remaining 70 percent - $10.1 billion, is paid for by society through higher automobile and health insurance rates and through public assistance programs funded with federal and state tax revenues.

  • By increasing seat belt use from the current 70 percent to 90 percent, we would save $356 million a year in Medicare and Medicaid costs alone.

  • It is estimated that each driver who buckles up is paying an additional auto insurance premium of $40 per year to cover the costs of the drivers who don't buckle up.

Facts

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 100 percent correct use of child safety seats could have prevented nearly 500 deaths and about 56,000 serious injuries to children in the United States in just one year alone.

Sources: www.nsc.org and www.state.il.us/isp/ contributed to this report.


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