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Teen Seat Belt Use in CA Increases, Well Above National Average

By Kelly Balamuth on September 12, 2012

Bay Area Auto Accident InjuryThe San Leandro Patch reports that teens in California are buckling up for safety in record numbers. According to recently released data from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), seat belt use for teens has increased more than two percent in the past two years, jumping from 94 percent in 2010 to 96.1 percent in 2012. This almost matches the usage rate for all vehicle occupants in the state, which currently stands at 96.6 percent, and both are at record high numbers. This new rate for teen seat belt use is a significant increase from the 88.9 percent observed four years ago.

The national rate for teen seat belt use is in the low 80 percent range, making these record high rates in CA even more notable. The Patch report notes that the reasons for California’s high rates may be attributed to heavy law enforcement and various awareness campaigns, such as “Click It or Ticket.” In addition, there are different campaigns targeted specifically toward teens, such as Start Smart, Teen Smart, Right Turn, and Friday Night Live where seat belt usage is emphasized.

The OTS Director states that they are encouraged by these latest results, adding that motorists and passengers buckling up every day is the “single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.” He asserts that this is particularly true for teens, which is the age group with the highest accident rates.

The Moraga traffic accident attorneys of Balamuth Law are encouraged by the new data that shows an increase in teen motorist safety, but also understand that accidents are unfortunately still likely to occur to any driver at any age. If you have been involved in a traffic accident caused by the careless actions of another driver, contact us for a complimentary consultation at (888) 254-1234 to see how we can help get you the compensation you need to recover.

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