Seat belt usage rate among Michigan drivers at lowest point in 17 years
By Ashanti Lee Seabron
(LANSING, Mich.) According to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, the seat belt use rate in Michigan has dropped from 94.4 percent in 2019 to 92.6 percent in 2021.
Per WXYZ Detroit, the drop reportedly marks the lowest compliance rate since 2004.
The office also says that the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center confirmed that traffic deaths peaked above 1,000 in 2020 for the first time in three years.
In a press release, Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, talked about the troubling seat belt usage rate in the state.
The seat belt use numbers are moving in the wrong direction, and it’s important to turn things around as quickly as possible. Seat belts are the cornerstone of any effective traffic safety strategy. We must continually remind drivers and passengers of all ages to buckle up, every trip, every time.