Minnesota’s statewide seat belt use is at a record high 93.6%. This is an increase in seat belt use, which results in fewer unbelted deaths. A decade ago, seat belt use was at only 79%.
Seat belt use for Southeastern Minnesota is lower than the statewide average at only 86.7%. This is up from 84.7% in 2011.
Statewide, females are more likely to buckle up than males. SUV occupants had the highest seat belt use rate at 95.9%. Children ages 11-15 have the lowest compliance.
Department of Public Safety officials attribute the continued increase of seat belt use to awareness and enforcement of the state’s primary seat belt law that became effective June 2009.
Kauffman Law Firm is a member of the Seat Belt Coalition of the Minnesota Safety Council.
For more information, see “State Seat Belt Compliance Continues to Climb; Females, SUV Motorist Best at Belting” News Release, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (2012, October 18). Retrieved from www.dps.mn.gov.