It’s inconvenient for some. For others, it’s uncomfortable. However, buckling up saves lives and the statistics back that up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 37,461 people killed in automobile accidents in 2016, 48% were not wearing seatbelts. Despite the fact that the national use of seatbelts sits at just over 90%, tens of thousands of people still die annually in accidents where death could have been prevented by simply buckling up. Buckling up can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45% and the risk of serious injury by half.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports on a man facing DUI and homicide by vehicle charges in a crash that killed another man.
40-year-old Michael Hall of Bethlehem, Georgia, was believed to have been under the influence when he was involved in a fatal crash on Friday night.
At about 10:30 p.m., Hall was driving west on GA 316 towards Lawrenceville in a Chevrolet Malibu with 37-year-old Alisha Williamson, his only passenger. He rear-ended a Toyota Rav-4 that was slowing as it approached traffic at the intersection with Hurricane Trail.
The force of the impact pushed the Rav-4 about 200 feet into the intersection. It came to rest in the center grass median. Hall’s vehicle came to rest in the right turn lane.
The driver and a passenger in the Rav-4 had visible injuries, but those injuries were not life-threatening.
Hall also suffered from visible injuries.
Williamson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered from critical injuries. Tragically, she died in the hospital on Saturday.
Hall told police that he had used marijuana before driving. Police found both marijuana and methamphetamines on Hall when he was searched.
He is facing multiple charges, which include a homicide by vehicle charge which was added on Monday.
He is currently being held without bail.