Idaho State Police are investigating a Labor Day weekend crash which killed one local teen and injured five others, some seriously. According to the Idaho State Police not one of the six teenagers was wearing a seat belt in the pick-up truck prior to the crash. A preliminary report indicates the driver of the truck local control of the vehicle on a curve and all six people were ejected.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, another was airlifted to a local hospital.

There has been a great deal of attention paid recently to the threat of distracted driving. So far 39 states have enacted some form of distracted driving law to keep drivers attention focused on the road ahead of them. All this attention on distracted driving is important to public safety, but it doesn’t mean we should forget about the lessons we have already learned about safe driving.

Every state in the Union now requires all passengers in a moving vehicle to be properly and securing buckled inside the vehicle. these laws were passed as a result of repeated studies which showed that vehicle passengers who were properly restrained suffered far fewer injuries in the event of a crash. In this case seat belts might have made a big difference in the outcome of this crash.