SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Law enforcement agencies from the state and federal level were in Springfield Wednesday to repeat an important message: that seat belts save lives.
Clark County authorities say fatal accidents are on the rise this year.
Since January 1, 2015, seven people have died in car accidents. Six were not wearing a seat belts.
Clark County is calling the amount of deaths this year a public health crisis.
According to officials, a total of five people who chose not to buckle up lost their lives on Clark County roads in 2014.
In just the past five months of this year, six people who didn’t use their seat restraints were killed.
Authorities say those lives could have been saved if seat belts were used.
The only defense authorities say they have to prevent car accident deaths is education.