If you buckle up when you get in the car, you’re part of an upward trend in the Sunshine State.
The Florida Department of Transportation said the state’s seat belt usage has hit an all-time high, with a recent survey showing that 89.6 percent of drivers are strapping in.
Florida first began measuring seat belt usage in 1999, and the state has conducted a survey each year since. In 2009, lawmakers voted to make it a primary offense to not wear a seat belt in Florida, and FDOT said in a news release that the state has ranked above the national average every year since.
“Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold said in the news release. “Safety belts save thousands of lives each year.”
To conduct the survey, FDOT hired a research group to post observers at certain areas throughout the state to count and categorize the number of seat belts they saw.
In Palm Beach County, observers were posted at several spots, including Lyons Road, Florida’s Turnpike, Congress Avenue, the Beeline Highway and Wellington Trace.