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High seat belt usage in North Liberty above National average

North Liberty (KWWL)  North Liberty Police say a new survey indicates North Liberty residents are fairly compliant when it comes to using seat belts.  

As participants in the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau, the North Liberty Police Department conducted a survey of seat belt use by motorists in North Liberty in early March 2009. The national average of seat belt use in 2007 was 83% while the Iowa usage rate in 2008 was 93%. North Liberty motorists currently use seat belts at a rate of 93.2% which falls in line with the rest of Iowa and well above the most recently published national data.

The North Liberty Police Department encourages motorists to continue buckling up because using seat belts reduce the risk of serious injury or death. In 2007, 61% of Iowa vehicle occupants killed in night time crashes were not using seat belts and 43% of day time crash victims were not belted. Between 1987 and 2007, 4,000 people not wearing seat belts were killed in Iowa traffic crashes compared to 2,600 people killed who were buckled up.

The Iowa DOT "Life Toll" for July 1986 through September 2008 is filled with the names of 5,923 people who were spared death or life threatening injuries because they were using their seat belt.  Simply put, "Seat Belts Save Lives."

Online reporter:  Ron Steele


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