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Survey Finds More Tennesseans Wearing Seat Belts

Survey Finds More Tennesseans Wearing Seat Belts

CREATED Jul 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A recent survey found that more Tennesseans wear their seat belts while traveling on state roadways.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced Monday that the June survey found an increase in seat belt usage with an observed usage rate of 87.7 percent statewide. The previous usage rate was 84.6 percent.

State Troopers issued 4,666 seat belt citations during this year’s Click it or Ticket campaign, which ran from May 19 through June 1. Since January 1, THP personnel have ticketed 58,842 individuals for violation of the seat belt law.

Of the 476 people who have died on Tennessee roadways so far this year, officials said nearly half were not using seat belts.

The seat belt survey is performed by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research. The survey, which is conducted in accordance with federal requirements and standards, is state mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.