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Fall 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 3

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2010 Seat Belt Use Rates by State

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently released its annual state-by-state look at seat belt use rates as part of its Traffic Safety Facts series. In 2010, the nationwide seat belt use rate was 85 percent, a one percent jump from 2009. At the state level, 15 states and the District of Columbia achieved rates of 90 percent or higher. Hawaii and Washington State both had 97.6 percent belt use.

The publication shows the use rate for each state and territory from 2003 through 2010 in table format, with primary belt enforcement states noted. The data come from probability-based observational surveys conducted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories in accordance with NHTSA-established criteria.

The two-page statistical brief is available at www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811493.pdf [331 KB].