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A Killer in Indian Country: CDC Talks Seat Belt Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention take a look at how car seat and seat belt safety can keep everyone in Indian country safer on the road.
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“You can stay safe on the road by wearing seat belts whenever you’re in the car,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden says in the video. “Making sure that young children are in a car seat or booster seat that’s the right size for their age and weight, and choosing never to drink and drive. The sad reality is that American Indian and Alaska Natives use seat belts and child safety seats less often and are involved in more alcohol-related crashes than any other group in the U.S.”

This video features Frieden, a crash survivor, and Captain Nancy Bill, of the Indian Health Service. They discuss their experiences with crashes, and speak about how to stay safe on the road by wearing seat belts any time you are in the car.

“I learned the importance of having the car seat in my carbecause children can’t be replaced and you have to protect the things that are the most important to you,” says crash survivor Hannah Nez in the video. She was in an accident with her 10-year-old and 10-month-old.

Watch the full video below:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Community Health offers a bevy of videos that address community health and chronic disease prevention. The videos are all available at or on the Community Health Playlist on YouTube.