CDC: Seat belt usage is now around 85 percent

January 8th, 2011 - 1:45 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Jan 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A lot of the Americans are now buckling up when they get into the cars.

New survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that 85 percent of Americans say that they wear their seat belts when they get to drive.

Motorists in Oregon were reported to be keener on wearing their seat belts when they are driving. The survey found that as much of 94 percent of motorists in the state wear their seat belts when they are driving. However North Dakota had only 59 percent of its motorists wearing seat belts. North Dakota thus is the state with the lowest level of motorists that use seat belts.

Not surprisingly, the states that have strict seat belt wearing enforcement rules had the highest number of motorists wearing their seat belts.

Seat belts highly reduce the risk of serious injuries when an accident occurs.

That does not change the fact that an American adult ends up in the hospital emergency room as a result of road accident every 14 seconds.

The director of CDC however still remains optimistic. He told reporters that, “If everyone in the vehicle buckled up every time, we could further reduce one of the leading causes of death.”

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