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Michigan Seat Belt Use Dropped Since 2019
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:22:23 EDT
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Michigan's seat belt use rate has decreased sharply, dropping from 94.4 percent in 2019 to 92.6 percent in 2021, according to results from a grant-funded direct observation study conducted by Michigan State University. This is the state's lowest seat belt compliance rate since 2004, and traffic safety advocates are concerned. Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning said "The seat belt use numbers are moving in the wrong direction, and it's important to turn things around as quickly as possible," adding "We must continually remind drivers and passengers of all ages to buckle up, every trip, every time."
The survey results come just a few weeks after the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center confirmed that Michigan traffic deaths peaked above 1,000 for the first time in three years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use in the United States during 2019 ranged from 70.7 percent in New Hampshire to 97.1 percent in Hawaii.