Last year, 90 percent of people riding in a vehicle were buckled up. But that means nearly one of every 10 people was not. What are these people thinking? So many times we read about a crash in which the driver or passenger not wearing a seat belt was killed or seriously injured. It doesn’t have to be that way. I don’t know what will convince everyone to buckle up, but the evidence is clear.

Some people mistakenly believe you don’t need to wear a seat belt if your vehicle has air bags.

Mark Berg is a former instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Program. His email address is

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