THSO: Seat belt usage up in Tennessee

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) announced what officials called a “significant increase” in the state’s overall seat belt usage rate when compared to previous years. The usage rate rose from 90.9 percent in 2018 to 91.75 percent in 2019, which exceeded the national rate of 90.7 percent. This marks the second year Tennessee’s usage rate surpassed 90 percent.

According to the THSO, research data was collected at 190 pre-identified roadway locations across the state, and researchers observed more than 34,000 vehicle occupants in all types of vehicles, including cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs. This data was collected through an annual roadside observational survey conducted by the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Center for Transportation Research, according to a press release, which also stated that this data has been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Overall, the study found that female occupants displayed a higher seat belt usage rate (96.7 percent) than males (87.9 percent), and that by vehicle types, pickup trucks displayed the lowest usage rate (84.9 percent).

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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