Michigan among best in nation for seat belt use

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

There is mixed news for Michigan driver safety. A substantial number of drivers and front seat passengers are wearing their seat belts, but not as many as in years past.

93 percent of drivers and front seat passengers are buckling up, putting the wolverine state 5th in the nation for seat belt use. The national average is just 86 percent.

Back in 2009, 98 percent of Michigan drivers buckled up – the highest rate in the nation that year. It has fallen since then.

The Wayne State University Transportation Research Group reports that SUV drivers are the most likely to buckle up, and pickup drivers are the least likely.

Men and drivers and passengers under age 15 also use seat belts less often than women and drivers and passengers over age 60.

  • SUV: 94.3%

  • Pickup: 90%

  • Under 15: 91.2%

  • Over 60: 95.7%

  • Men: 92.1%

  • Women: 94.8%

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