Seat Belt usage hits new peak in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – 2018 was a very good year for seat belts in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office released new stats for last year showing a spike in drivers buckling up.

The percentage jumped from 88.5 to 90.9 last year.

This is a new record and the first time that 90% of drivers used seat belts.

Tennessee also topped the national average in 2018.

UT researchers collect the data each year by simply watching drivers across the state during a prescribed period.

“Tennessee is the 24th state to achieve 90 percent seat belt usage,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho.

“We appreciate the substantial efforts made by the legislature, law enforcement, and local communities to reach this milestone. Moving forward, we will continue striving to achieve 100 percent.”

According to the latest numbers, women still wear seat belts more often than men.

And pickup truck occupants have the worst seat belt habits.

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