Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash in that occurred in Conway, South Carolina as 26-year-old Thomas Jones, of Conway. The victim of multiple trauma caused by the crash.Mr. Jones apparently ran off of US-378, struck a number of trees and overturned. Jones was not wearing his seatbelt, according to authorities.
Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that using lap/shoulder seat belts reduce the risk of fatal
injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to-critical injury by 50 percent. For light-truck occupants, seat belts reduce the risk
of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent.
Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events. In fatal crashes in 2006, 75 percent of passenger vehicle occcupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. Seat belts are effective in preventing total ejections: only 1 percent of the occupants reported to have been using restraints were totally ejected, compared with 31 percent of the unrestrained occupants.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,seatbelt use has steadily increased since 1994. Also, seat belt use continued to be higher in the States in which allow officers to pull over a motorist solely for not using a seatbelt. Seat belt use for occupants traveling during weekdays increased significantly from 83 percent in 2009 to 85 percent in 2010.
As of December 2005, South Carolina changed it seatbelt law to give law enforcement officers the authority to stop a driver if the officer has a clear and unobstructed view of a driver or occupant of a motor vehicle not wearing a safety belt or not secured in a child restraint system.