An average of 500 vehicle occupants are killed in Washington each year. State data shows that 60% of these people were NOT wearing seat belts, while nearly 85% of those who were unhurt in the same crashes WERE wearing seat belts. Research shows that a seat belt increases a person's chance of surviving a collision by up to 70%. This means that a person wearing a seat belt has a 70% better chance of surviving a collision than someone who is not buckled up.

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