1 in 10 People Don’t Wear Seat Belts

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—



I guess I’m naïve, because I thought this would have been more like one in a hundred:  A new seat belt study found ONE IN TEN Americans don’t use them.  Young people between 16 and 24 are the least likely to put their seat belt on.  And men are less likely to wear them than women.

One state in particular is responsible for a lot of it.  29% of people in New Hampshire don’t wear their seat belt.  It’s the only state where that’s still legal.

The states where people are least likely to have a seat belt on are New Hampshire, South Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Massachusetts.  Meanwhile, almost everyone wears one in Hawaii, California, Georgia, Indiana, and Iowa.

Over 40% of all car crash deaths are people who weren’t buckled in.


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