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Seat-Belt Use Hits Record High

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that about 80 percent of
American motorists this year are buckling up their safety belts, an
all-time record. It represents a one-percent increase from last year.

Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia allow police
to stop and ticket drivers for not buckling up (as the only offense).
Seat-belt use was highest in the West at 84 percent, and lowest in the
Midwest at 77 percent. New Hampshire has the lowest seat-belt use, while
Hawaii has the highest.

In 1983, the national belt-use rate was only 14 percent.

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