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4:50 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Kentucky Seat Belt Usage Rose in 2012

Seat belt usage across Kentucky is gradually increasing.  The percentage of people buckling-up went up one-and-a-half percent in 2012.    Adult seat belt usage was around 85 percent, and about 97 percent of children wore seat belts. 

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says some motorists still worry about being trapped by a seat belt in a sinking car.

“You’re better off if you have that seatbelt on and you hit water, because it’s like hitting a brick wall.  So, otherwise, you’re gonna  be unconscious and probably not survive a water landing, if you car goes in the water,” Bell said. 

Officials say almost two-thirds of people killed in Kentucky car crashes in 2012 were not wearing a seatbelt.