Study: Louisiana seat belt use lowest in nation

Please buckle up, Louisiana!
Man buckling seat belt.
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Louisiana needs to do a better job buckling up.

That’s according to data revealed this month by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

While the vast majority of people in the state – more than 86% – do wear their seatbelts, a glaring 14% do not. Overall, the average percentage of seatbelt wearers in the U.S. is more than 90%.

“Who are these people?” asked a voice in a video posted to the Commission’s Facebook page.

It turns out that they are more likely to be male. More than 90% of women wear seatbelts, compared to 82% of men. Only 81% of all pickup drivers wear seatbelts, according to commission data.

People in the New Orleans, Monroe and Shreveport areas are generally pretty good at buckling up. However, people in the areas around Alexandria, Baton Rouge and Lafayette miss the mark.

“Come on Louisiana, let’s buckle up,” said the commission.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives from 2017 to 2021.

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