- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009
Seat belt use in 2008 climbed to 83 percent, an all-time high. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia had rates of 90 percent or better. Here’s a look at seat belt use across the nation.
State 2007 2008 Change
Ala. 82.3 86.1 +3.8
Alaska 82.4 84.9 +2.5
Ariz. 80.9 79.9 -1.0
Ark. 69.9 70.4 +0.5
Calif. 94.6 95.7 +1.1
Colo. 81.1 81.7 +0.6
Conn. 85.8 88.0 +2.2
Del. 86.6 91.3 +4.7
D.C. 87.1 90.0 +2.9
Fla. 79.1 81.7 +2.6
Ga. 89.0 89.6 +0.6
Hawaii 97.6 97.0 -0.6
Idaho 78.5 76.9 -1.6
Ill. 90.1 90.5 +0.4
Ind. 87.9 91.2 +3.3
Iowa 91.3 92.9 +1.6
Kan. 75.0 77.4 +2.4
Ky. 71.8 73.3 +1.5
La. 75.2 75.5 +0.3
Maine 79.8 83.0 +3.2
Md. 93.1 93.3 +0.2
Mass. 68.7 66.8 -1.9
Mich. 93.7 97.2 +3.5
Minn. 87.8 86.7 -1.1
Miss. 71.8 71.3 -0.5
Mo. 77.2 75.8 -1.4
Mont. 79.6 79.3 -0.3
Neb. 78.7 82.6 +3.9
Nev. 92.2 90.9 -1.3
N.H. 63.8 69.2 +5.4
N.J. 91.4 91.8 +0.4
N.M. 91.5 91.1 -0.4
N.Y. 83.5 89.1 +5.6
N.C. 88.8 89.8 +1.0
N.D. 82.2 81.6 -0.6
Ohio 81.6 82.7 +1.1
Okla. 83.1 84.3 +1.2
Ore. 95.3 96.3 +1.0
Pa. 86.7 85.1 -1.6
R.I. 79.1 72.0 -7.1
S.C. 74.5 79.0 +4.5
S.D. 73.0 71.8 -1.2
Tenn. 80.2 81.5 +1.3
Texas 91.8 91.2 -0.6
Utah 86.8 86.0 -0.8
Vt. 87.1 87.3 +0.2
Va. 79.9 80.6 +0.7
Wash. 96.4 96.5 +0.1
W.Va. 89.6 89.5 -0.1
Wis. 75.3 74.2 -1.1
Wyo. 72.2 68.6 -3.6
Nation 82.0 83.0 +1.0
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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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