Pat Yourself on the Back Fort Myers Drivers: New Report Shows Seat Belt Use Up

by Carmen Dellutri on December 3, 2012

Fort Myers car accident attorneyAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we are always happy to share good news about driver safety. New survey results released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that more Americans are buckling up.

The NHTSA's annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey shows that seat belt use has steadily increased since 1994, with the record high of 86 percent in 2012. Seat belt use climbed two percent over the previous year.

The southern region of the country, including Florida, saw the most significant increase, rising to 85 percent in 2012 — up from 80 percent in 2011. The survey also reveals that seat belt use continues to be higher in states like Florida where drivers can be pulled over solely for not using seat belts as compared with the states with weaker enforcement laws or without seat belt laws

"Thanks to the ongoing work of our state and local partners and national efforts such as 'Click it or Ticket,' we've made steady gains in belt use in recent years," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "Moving forward, it will be critical to build on this success using a multi-faceted approach that combines good laws, effective enforcement, and public education and awareness."

For more on seat belt safety, please see our prior posts.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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