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Study: Pennsylvania's 2020 Seat Belt Use Rate at 88.9 Percent

 

Last updated 10/29/2020 at 12:57pm

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There's no excuse not to buckle up. And kids belong in the back seat. PennDOT statistics indicate that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. PennDOT states that the lives of 328 children younger than 5 were saved by using occupant restraints in 2016. Forty-two additional lives could have been saved if car seat use was at 100 percent. Every 33 seconds one child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash in 2016. Statistics from PennDOT.gov

The federal National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has determined that the documentation submitted by Pennsylvania asserting the 2020 seat belt use rate of 88.9 percent meets the requirements of certification set forth in the Uniform Criteria for State Observational Surveys of Seat Belt Use.

In 2019, seat belt use in the United States ranged from 70.7 percent in New Hampshire to 97.1 percent in Hawaii. Twenty-six states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands achieved seat belt use rates of 90 percent or higher. These results are from probability-based o...



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