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Iowa seat belt usage rising

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - New survey results show that Iowans continue to obey the law and buckle their seat belts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) requires each state to conduct a seat belt survey to continue to receive federal funding for traffic safety campaigns.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) conducted the state-wide survey and determined seat belt usage in Iowa has gone up to 92.8% this year from 91.8% in 2013.

46% of all fatalities on Iowa are related to the remaining 7% of drivers that don't use their seat belt.

The GTSB continues to provide positive public outreach that encourages traffic safety and seat belt usage.

 “The minute you buckle up in your vehicle, you have just increased your chances of surviving a traffic crash by about 45-percent. Please protect yourself, buckle up every trip, every time,” GTSB Bureau Chief Pat Hoye recommends.

For more information related to the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and seatbelt usage, please visit www.drivesmartiowa.com.
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