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4:06 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Seat belt usage declines in North Carolina

Seat belt usage in North Carolina declined in 2012.

INTRO – Seat belt usage declined last year in North Carolina. George Olsen has more.

Triple A Carolinas reports that North Carolina’s seat belt usage rate declined in 2012. The rate was 87.5%, compared to 89.5% in 2011. The 2012 rate was above the national rate of 86% which was up from 84% the year before.  The report notes that seat belt usage can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and 60% in trucks. AAA says through the first half of this year, 41% of people killed in vehicle crashes in North Carolina were unrestrained… the same percentage as 2012. I’m George Olsen.