As both the driver and passenger, you should be aware of how safe the roads around you are. Wearing a seat belt is important because it reduces the risk of injuries and fatalities in car accidents; 50% of Mississippi wreck fatalities were not wearing seat belts. Driving while distracted is dangerous to both you and others around you. When you are texting and driving, you are 23 times more likely to have a wreck than not texting. In the past decade, Mississippi roadways have become safer; in 2007, 884 wreck fatalities occurred while only 690 occurred in 2016. Next time you are in a moving vehicle, put down your phone and buckle up!