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MDOT MVA Announces Rise in Statewide Seat Belt Usage Rates

September 22nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office today announced Maryland’s preliminary statewide seat belt usage rate of 91.4% based on an annual survey, an increase from the 89.9% reported in 2020. The annual Roadside Observational Survey was completed in June, and observed 39,813 drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks in 13 jurisdictions across the state on primary, secondary and local roads. The observations also included more than 9,200 passengers.

“Buckling up takes less than three seconds and is the single most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a car crash,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, who also serves as Governor Larry Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative. “While we are pleased to see the increase in seat belt use, we will not be satisfied until everyone is buckled up, every seat, every ride.”