According to the latest preliminary statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 86 percent of passenger vehicle
occupants across the nation in 2012 were wearing seat belts – a record high rate.
High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994, to the estimated observed usage rate of 86 percent in 2012. Belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2011 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide.
The Rural Demonstration Project (RDP) is an annual traffic safety effort made possible through federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Law enforcement officers around the state concentrate on rural seat belt enforcement in counties found to have a higher percentage of unrestrained fatalities.
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