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Sir Isaac Newton's first law states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion. When your vehicle is traveling, so are you. When your vehicle suddenly stops due to a collision, your body still tries to move forward. If you are not wearing a seatbelt, your body will move forward until you collide with something that is not likely to be soft.

Seatbelts are proven devices that reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash. The table below shows the percent of traffic fatalities that occurred among three age groups within each state in 2001. How does your state compare?

Percent of Traffic Fatalities Among People Not Wearing a Seatbelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adults

Teens

Children

 

 

Adults

Teens

Children

       State

Age 20>

Age 16-19

Age 15<

 

       State

Age 20<

Age 16-19

Age 15<

Alabama

51.3

61.6

46.0

 

Nebraska

60.1

35.7

50.0

Alaska

55.3

54.5

33.3

 

Nevada

64.2

68.0

70.0

Arizona

54.7

79.8

63.3

 

New Hampshire

50.6

60.0

40.0

Arkansas

67.1

67.6

48.7

 

New Jersey

53.3

69.0

43.8

California

35.6

37.5

40.7

 

New Mexico

57.4

51.7

79.3

Colorado

61.2

70.7

67.6

 

New York

42.3

48.2

42.4

Connecticut

52.5

45.9

42.9

 

North Carolina

47.7

44.1

43.1

Delaware

62.5

64.3

50.0

 

North Dakota

73.3

84.6

25.0

D.C.

36.6

33.3

75.0

 

Ohio

58.1

65.8

31.8

Florida

61.1

70.8

74.4

 

Oklahoma

69.4

71.6

53.7

Georgia

47.6

46.9

37.3

 

Oregon

36.6

60.5

31.3

Hawaii

44.8

72.7

75.0

 

Pennsylvania

57.3

55.5

62.8

Idaho

63.3

74.4

83.3

 

Rhode Island

77.6

72.7

100.0

Illinois

50.2

59.4

54.2

 

South Carolina

65.0

71.7

57.1

Indiana

50.8

59.6

39.4

 

South Dakota

67.3

75.0

53.8

Iowa

50.0

31.1

55.2

 

Tennessee

66.8

74.8

52.9

Kansas

64.7

70.7

73.3

 

Texas

50.8

57.1

59.0

Kentucky

69.2

72.9

51.5

 

Utah

56.4

66.7

81.3

Louisiana

55.6

67.0

65.2

 

Vermont

59.0

60.0

50.0

Maine

48.8

64.0

50.0

 

Virginia

57.8

62.5

78.6

Maryland

41.9

50.7

14.3

 

Washington

52.0

63.0

43.3

Massachusetts

56.0

74.5

50.0

 

West Virginia

66.9

64.7

61.1

Michigan

42.4

40.0

33.9

 

Wisconsin

60.8

55.3

39.4

Minnesota

57.5

53.4

40.7

 

Wyoming

71.1

90.0

58.3

Mississippi

67.6

80.3

63.0

 

Total

54.2

59.1

39.3

Missouri

61.6

64.7

64.0

 

 

 

 

 

Montana

70.4

71.4

56.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Source: Computed from data provided by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2001

 

 

 


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