Proclamation 5729 -- National Safety Belt Use Day, 1987
the President of the
Studies indicate that 40 to 55 percent of all passenger car occupant fatalities and serious injuries could be eliminated if people would use the safety belts already installed in their vehicles. Each year, 10,000 people could be saved from death if everyone would use safety belts every trip. In 1986, for instance, safety belts saved the lives of 2,200 front seat passengers. Thousands of lives and millions of dollars in medical and insurance expenses have been saved by ``buckling up.''
tremendous benefits of adult safety belt and child restraint use are now widely
recognized throughout the
Although great progress has been made in the recognition of the advantages of increased safety belt use, less than one half of all Americans use their safety belts. Each of us can help increase this number by remembering that the use of safety belts offers protection in a crash and by increasing our willingness to communicate that fact to our loved ones who fail to wear them. We must not wait until personal tragedy strikes to become advocates of safety belt use.
passenger protection laws requiring the use of child safety seats and belt
systems are in place in all 50 States and the
Still, the effectiveness of child safety seats can be greatly impaired when they are not installed or used properly. With 100 percent correct use, these seats could save about 500 lives a year. Parents should follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and inspect the seat regularly to make sure it is installed correctly and used on every trip. With added concern for the proper installation and consistent use of these safety devices, we can eliminate needless and preventable tragedies and save hundreds more of our children.
In order to encourage the people of the United States to wear safety belts, to have their children use child safety seats, and to encourage safety and law enforcement agencies and others to promote greater usage of these essential safety devices, the Congress, by H.J. Res. 338, has designated October 15, 1987, as ``National Safety Belt Use Day'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 15 day of October, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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