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DELAWARE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER URGES AUTO INSURERS TO PROVIDE EXTRA BENEFITS TO MOTORISTS WHO UTILIZED SEAT BELTS OR AIR BAGS

 DELAWARE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER URGES AUTO INSURERS TO PROVIDE
 EXTRA BENEFITS TO MOTORISTS WHO UTILIZED SEAT BELTS OR AIR BAGS
 DOVER, Del., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Based upon the mandatory seat belt law which became effective this month, Delaware Insurance Commissioner David N. Levinson has issued a bulletin urging all auto insurers to grant additional benefits to motorists injured or killed while wearing a seat belt or using a car equipped with an air bag.
 On Jan. 1, 1992, Delaware's mandatory seat belt law became effective. The commissioner has urged companies to provide extra benefits of up to $10,000 for any motorist injured while wearing a seat belt and doubling the death benefit of any person killed in a motor vehicle while wearing a seat belt. Similar benefits would be paid to motorists injured or killed when their vehicle is equipped with an air bag.
 Levinson stated, "Numerous studies have been performed which indicate that the use of seat belts and air bags dramatically reduce injuries and deaths in motor accidents. This translates to an actual dollar savings for insurance companies, and therefore the insurance industry has a financial interest in encouraging seat belt use. From the prospective of reducing suffering and death, the state also has a strong interest in motivating the use of safety devices such as seat belts and air bags. I believe that providing an incentive to insureds for seat belt usage, in addition to the possible fines for failing to comply with the law, will motivate all Delawareans to 'buckle up.'"
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 /CONTACT: Delaware Insurance Commissioner David N. Levinson, 302-739-4251/ CO: Department of Insurance ST: Delaware IN: INS SU:


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