Posted: Thursday, 17 October 2013 6:32AM

Seat Belt Use Increased Since Last Year



ST. PAUL (TEC News), October 17 – The Minnesota State Patrol reported that motorists are buckling up at record high rates. The annual observational seat belt use survey showed that 94.8 percent of Minnesotans use their seat belts. This is more than a 15 percent increase since 2003. For more information and data, visit 3Enews.net.

Charting Minnesota Seat Belt Use Rates and Unbelted Deaths
As seat belt use has increased, unbelted deaths have dropped:
1986 (the year Minnesota first passed a seat belt law): Belt compliance was 20 percent; 280 unbelted deaths.
2003: Belt compliance was 79.4 percent; 257 unbelted deaths.
2008: Belt use was 86.7 percent; 150 unbelted deaths.
2012: Belt use was 93.6 percent; 116 unbelted deaths.

Seat Belt Survey Results
Data were collected at 240 sites in 43 counties based on where 85 percent of the state’s road deaths occurred on average from 2007–2009. 16,436 front seat occupants were observed.
Belt use rate by vehicle type: Van — 97.3 percent; SUV — 96.7 percent; Car — 95.8 percent; Pickup — 86.8 percent. Pickup occupant belt use is historically low, but has improved (up from 76 percent in 2008).
Belt use rate by gender: Females — 97.5 percent; Males — 92.6 percent. Both rates are up from last year: Females—95.6 percent; Males—91.9 percent.
Belt use rate by age: 0–10 — 99.4 percent; 11–15 — 99.2 percent; 16–29 — 92.8 percent; 30–64 — 95.4 percent; 65 and older — 93.7 percent.

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