Washington State Has Highest Seat Belt Use Rate in the Nation
Experts believe that traffic deaths are reduced by good public policy, well-built and maintained roads, and successful education and enforcement efforts. “Our troopers have placed a very high priority on seat belt violations,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “They see first-hand the results of not wearing seat belts and are extremely motivated to reduce these unnecessary injuries and deaths.”
“I also want to thank the many city, county, and tribal police agencies who’ve joined us in this effort. It’s only by working together that we can achieve such a positive change of behavior,” Batiste added. The way states take the observation seat belt survey is changing, so the method will be uniform across the country. This may cause seat belt use rates to change next year.
More information about seat belts can be found in Target Zero, Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.