November 29, 2006

U.S. Department of Transport announces seatbelt and helmet use statistics

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transport has released its 2006 statistics on seatbelt and motorcycle helmet use, noting that seatbelt use is down slightly, while helmet use is up.

Seatbelt use in the U.S. now stands at 81 per cent, down from the 2005 rate of 82 per cent. In the West, use rose from 85 per cent to 90 per cent between 2005 and 2006, and from 82 to 83 per cent in the South; however, it dropped from 78 to 74 per cent in the Northeast, and from 79 to 77 per cent in the Midwest.

The data also shows that 51 per cent of U.S. motorcyclists wear helmets, up from 48 per cent in 2005. Helmet use rose in the West from 50 to 72 per cent from 2005 to 2006, and from 42 to 47 per cent in the Northeast, but fell in the Midwest from 53 to 50 per cent, and in the South from 49 to 45 per cent. Only helmets that comply with DOT standards were counted in the survey.

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