"We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday travel season," said Secretary LaHood. "For the sake of your loved ones and everyone else on the road, please remember to buckle up and put away your cell phone every time you get behind the wheel."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, conducted by Bedford Research and Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, shows that stricter seat belt laws increased seat belt usage by 10 to 12 points. The study also showed that when the seat belt fines are increased, the percentage of people using seat belts also increases.
"Seat belts are the single most protective safety device ever invented for use in vehicles, saving thousands of lives each year. Now our research proves that when states step up sanctions, they’re rewarded with huge improvements in belt use," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
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