DOT: Seat belt use in Wisconsin highest in state history


NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) – A new survey conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows seat belt use in the state is at an all-time high.

More than 88 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers said they buckled up this year, compared to about 85 percent in a similar survey last year. The DOT says the national average for seat belt use is about 89 percent.

The DOT says it is encouraged by the results, although things can improve. Seat belt usage rates in neighboring states are higher than 90 percent. Also, about half of drivers and passengers killed in crashes last year in Wisconsin were not wearing a seat belt.

The survey also found people in SUV’s were the most likely to buckle up, at a rate of about 93 percent. People in pick-up (81 percent) and commercial trucks (80 percent) were the least likely to put on a seat belt.

Women (93 percent) were more likely to wear seat belts than men (84 percent).

The DOT says its goal is to have 100 percent seat belt use in Wisconsin.

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