The other night I was watching a re-run of the entrepreneurial TV show Shark Tank and discovered a brilliant innovation in car safety called LifeBelt. We all know the statistics associated with unbuckled passengers. It’s not pretty: 43,000 people are killed in auto accidents each year in the United States; 63% of them were not wearing seat belts (data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
The inventor of LifeBelt came up with a way to add a sensor to every seat belt in a car. If the seat belt is not buckled, the car doesn’t start. What a clever invention and added layer of security. Without such a technology, the decision to use, or to not use, a seat belt is up to individual drivers and passengers each and every time they enter a vehicle.
This of course, makes me think of all the optional safety features currently available for IV catheters