Nighttime seat belt use lower than daytime, especially among teenage drivers

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that, while daytime seat belt use has increased to almost 86% over the past ten years, nighttime seatbelt use is much lower than daytime use, especially among teenage drivers and their passengers.

seattle kent and lynnwood car accident lawyerIn 2006, 4,842 teenage passengers died in car accidents. Of the teenagers killed at night, 68% were not wearing seat belts. Among fatal accidents during the daytime hours, 57% killed were not wearing seat belts.

The NHTSA will focus their efforts this year on increasing nighttime seat belt use, especially among teenage drivers and their passengers. Citing their successful “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the NHTSA will concentrate on media campaigns and law enforcement especially during the months of May and June. This year the campaign will bee “Day or Night — Buckle Up or Pay Up.”

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