Wearing Safety Belts Saving More Lives Than Ever Says FDOT

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FDOT: Florida Hits All-Time High Safety Belt Usage Rate
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that
Florida’s statewide safety belt usage rate has reached an all-time high of 90.6 percent. FDOT
released the June 2018 Safety Belt Use in Florida report which affirms that FDOT and its traffic
safety partners are providing effective occupant protection programs. Florida’s educational efforts,
Click It or Ticket campaigns and high visibility law enforcement campaigns have continued to help
increase Florida’s safety belt usage rates. The previous record for Florida safety belt compliance
was 90.2 percent (June 2017 Safety Belt Use in Florida report).
Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “I’m proud of the work FDOT does each day to keep
Florida residents and visitors safe on our roadways.
FDOT Secretary Mike Dew said, “Safety is the number one priority at the Florida Department
of Transportation. We recognize the integral role safety belts play in protecting drivers and
passengers in a crash. Every day lives are saved and people avoid serious injury in Florida
thanks to increased safety belt usage.”
Research has found that lap and shoulder combination safety belts, when used, reduce the risk of
fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical
injury by 50 percent (NHTSA, 2011).
Florida’s first statewide survey was completed in 1999 and an annual survey has been conducted
every year since. Florida’s statewide safety belt use rate continues to trend upward every year since
the implementation of a primary safety belt law in 2009.
For additional information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts. To view the June
2018 Safety Belt Use in Florida report, please visit:
http://www.fdot.gov/info/CO/news/newsreleases/2018-Florida-Safety-Belt-Use-Final-Report.pdf
www.fdot.gov

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