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Kansas Seatbelt Use At All-Time High

Associated Press - April 28, 2015 5:47 am

While seat belt usage drops off dramatically after toddlerhood, new research shows older children are involved in thousands of traffic crashes each year in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says more Kansans are buckling up than ever before.

Transportation Secretary Mike King said in a statement Monday that 86 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers were observed to be wearing seat belts in 2014. That’s up from just 61 percent in 2003.

Although the state beat its target for 2014, its seat belt usage rate remains below the national average of 87 percent. The state ranked 40th in the country for seat belt usage in 2013.

Transportation official Norraine Wingfield says usage is going up the fastest among teens, and passengers tend to buckle up if the driver does first. Kansas Highway Patrol Col. Mark Bruce says the numbers show that the state is moving in the right direction.

Fred Hanson

April 28, 2015 at 7:57 am

No matter what it should still be the choice of each individual. The freedom of one’s choice has been taken away not for the concern for people but because the government paid them to create this law. If people who ride motorcycles are not required to wear helmets drivers of cars should be allowed to choose for themselves on seatbelts.

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