Report: Arizona Among States With Highest Seat-Belt Use

Published: Monday, June 1, 2020 - 5:05am

More Arizonans are wearing seat belts. That’s according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Arizona is now on par with the nationwide rate of 90.7%.

NHTSA reports that Arizona’s seat-belt use rate in 2019 was 90.6%. It’s the highest recorded since the federal agency established uniform criteria for observational surveys nearly 10 years ago. That’s when Arizona’s rate was 82.2%. 

Twenty six states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands marked rates of 90% or higher. The lowest rate recorded last year was 70.7% in New Hampshire, while the highest rate was 97.1% in Hawaii. 

In April, NHTSA published seat-belt use rates for states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, other U.S. territories and nationwide from 2012-2019.