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Meharry-State Farm Alliance to Recognize Florida Legislators for Seat Belt Law
Date:3/15/2010

On March 23, the Meharry-State Farm Alliance will present Seat Belt Champion Awards to Florida legislators who were instrumental in passage of the state’s primary seat belt law. Alliance scientists have estimated Florida’s new law will save the state 940 lives, prevent almost 150,000 injuries, and reduce costs by $5.5 billion in the first five years alone. Previous Seat Belt Champion Award recipients include President Barack Obama for his efforts while state senator of Illinois.

Nashville, TN (Vocus) March 15, 2010 -- The Meharry-State Farm Alliance will present Seat Belt Champion Awards to Florida legislators who were instrumental in passage of the state’s primary seat belt law. They are Senator Nan H. Rich of District 34, Representative Joseph A. “Joe” Gibbons of District 105, and Representative Richard “Rich” Glorioso of District 62.

The awards will be presented March 23 at the Governor’s Club at 202½ South Adams St. in Tallahassee, Fla. Officials from the National Transportation Research Board, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Florida Department of Transportation will be in attendance. Meharry Medical College and State Farm® will make the presentations.

Florida previously had a secondary law requiring drivers to buckle their seat belts but officers were unable to ticket offenders unless they had been stopped for another driving violation. As of June 30, 2009, motorists can be stopped and ticketed solely for not wearing their seat belts.

The Meharry-State Farm Alliance was formed in 2002 by Meharry Medical College and State Farm Insurance to reduce disparities among minorities in seat belt use and traffic deaths and injuries. Primary seat belt legislation has been shown to increase seat belt use among all drivers by 10-15 percent, and use of seat belts has been shown to reduce the risk
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