Adults who live in non-metropolitan areas are less likely to wear seat belts than adults who live in metropolitan areas. 8; State Laws. Seat belt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws or no seat belt laws (86% in ) compared to states with primary enforcement laws (92% in ). 9; Seating Position in Vehicle. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at % in Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14, lives in
Jan 04, · Adults age are almost 10% less likely to wear a seat belt than adults 35 years or older. Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women. Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% use). Sep 30, · Between and , the percentage of adults who always wear seat belts increased from 80% to 85%. Still, 1 in 7 adults do not wear a seat belt on every trip. Primary enforcement seat belt laws have a significant impact on getting people to buckle up.* In , 19 states–where 1 in 4 adult Americans live–did not have a primary law. Be.
Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia have primary seat belt laws and 14 states have secondary laws requiring adult front-seat occupants to use seat belts. Primary enforcement laws permit police officers to stop and cite motorists solely for not using a seat belt. In states with secondary enforcement, police can only enforce the law. Statistics show that seat belts save lives. When used correctly, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45%, and risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
The latest year with fatality data, , shows that seat belt use has risen to %, and unrestrained occupants death has dropped to %. New estimates show seat belt use estimates now stand at %, an all time high. Seat belt use estimates come from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), conducted annually by the NHTSA.