Buckled Up: Seat Belt Use Reaches All-Time High

Buckled Up: Seat Belt Use Reaches All-Time High

It might come as a surprise to some, but seat-belt use has gone up in America over last year, resulting in an all-time high at 86 percent.

While seat-belt laws are in place for the majority of states, there are still a few areas where seat-belt use is not fully enforced. These unenforced areas are mostly southern-states, which saw an increase in seat-belt use of up to 5 percent.

This information comes from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) conducted by NHTSA. NOPUS is conducted annually, and has been showing an upward trend of seat-belt use since 1994, when seat belt use was as low as 58 percent.

The survey found, not surprisingly, that seat belt use is consistently higher in States where vehicle occupants can be pulled over for not using seat belts compared to States with weaker enforcement laws or States without seat belt laws.


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