DENVER — In 2000, Colorado reported the 10th-highest seat belt usage rate nationwide, at 62%. 17 years later, the state’s seeing a 9% increase in the same rate, boosting us to a ranking of 21st nationwide at 67.3%.
And, although our state is tied with New York for the 9th-lowest rate of improvement in the country, we’re still enjoying relatively high usage rates.
One of the simplest ways to avoid severe injury or death in a car accident is to use a seat belt. Even if you always “click it” before driving, the other driver and passengers you’re involved in a crash with, may not.
Statistics show more than 50% of people who died in crashes in 2016 were not buckled at the time of the accident.