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Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash

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National Statistics

State Seat Belt Laws and Usage Rates

State

Enforcement

Usage Rate (%)*


Alabama

Secondary

52

Alaska

Secondary

69

Arizona

Secondary

63

Arkansas

Secondary

48

California

Primary

88

Colorado

Secondary

59

Connecticut

Primary

64

Delaware

Secondary

60

District of Columbia

Primary

66

Florida

Secondary

60

Georgia

Primary

68

Hawaii

Primary

80

Idaho

Secondary

54

Illinois

Secondary

64

Indiana

Primary

63

Iowa

Primary

75

Kansas

Secondary

56

Kentucky

Secondary

54

Louisiana

Primary

67

Maine

Secondary

61

Maryland

Primary

71

Massachusetts

Secondary

53

Michigan

Secondary

70

Minnesota

Secondary

65

Mississippi

Secondary

48

Missouri

Secondary

62

Montana

Secondary

73

Nebraska

Secondary

63

Nevada

Secondary

70

New Hampshire

no law

58

New Jersey

Secondary

62

New Mexico

Primary

87

New York

Primary

74

North Carolina

Primary

83

North Dakota

Secondary

49

Ohio

Secondary

65

Oklahoma

Primary

60

Oregon

Primary

85

Pennsylvania

Secondary

65

Rhode Island

Secondary

58

South Carolina

Secondary

61

South Dakota

Secondary

59

Tennessee

Secondary

61

Texas

Primary

75

Utah

Secondary

63

Vermont

Secondary

71

Virginia

Secondary

67

Washington

Secondary

82

West Virginia

Secondary

58

Wisconsin

Secondary

62

Wyoming

Secondary

75

Puerto Rico

Primary

67

*Reported as of February 1998
(Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)



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