According to the Centers for Disease Control, 23,714 drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles died in accidents in 2016. More than half of teens and adults who were killed in those crashes were not wearing seatbelts. Seatbelts saved almost 15,000 lives in 2016. Seatbelt use can be the difference between life and death in a car accident.
In 2017, observed seatbelt use was at 91% in states that had primary enforcement laws. It dropped to 86% in states with secondary enforcement laws or no seatbelt laws. Under New York law, all front-seat drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts. Children under the age of 16 are also required to wear seatbelts in the back seat.
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My Central Jersey reports that a New York woman was killed and her family injured in an Interstate 287 crash.
The crash occurred early Thursday morning on Interstate 287 southbound.
37-year-old Amarjit Fnu was driving the vehicle involved in the single-vehicle accident. The passengers in the vehicle were his wife, 30-year-old Dheeraj Fnu, and two children.
At about 3:35 a.m., Fnu was traveling south when the vehicle veered off-road to the right. The vehicle then struck a tree and overturned. The three passengers were ejected from the vehicle.
According to police, Amarjit was the only person in the vehicle wearing a seatbelt. Dheeraj was killed in the accident while Amarjit and the children suffered from moderate injuries. Information pertaining to the children has not been released, and it is unclear if the children were under the age of 16.
The crash remains under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.