Highway Safety - CLICK IT or TICKET
Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign
Overall Seat Belt Use Rate in Utah: 81.9% - Seat Belt Use Rate of Pickup Truck Drivers: 69.3%
While Utah's seat belt use rate has increased from 67.4% in 2000 to the 2012 rate of 81.9%, the usage rate of truck drivers is significantly behind the state average. That's why this year, for the 14th annual Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, we'll be paying special attention to truck drivers and passengers. After all, they need to make sure they secure their most important cargo: themselves and their family and friends!
Some Quick Pick Up Truck Stats
- Trucks make up about 25% of registered vehicles in Utah.
- Pickup trucks had the highest crash rate per registered vehicle.
- Trucks were 115% more likely to roll in a crash compared to other passenger vehicles (car, SUV, van).
- Pickup trucks were 64% more likely to get in a crash in a rural area than other vehicle types.
Nearly 300,000 Utah motorists still fail to regularly wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Research has shown that many people who continue to ride unprotected are risk takers, young, male, nighttime motorists, or are child passengers in vehicles driven by an unbuckled adult.
- Young people ages 15 to 24 years old were reported to have the lowest observed seat belt usage rate of any other age group across the nation.
- Nighttime driving is much more dangerous than daytime driving and seat belt use at night is lower. In Utah, people in crashes during the nighttime hours of 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. were 2.4 times less likely to wear a seat belt than people in crashes during the rest of the day.
- People who don’t buckle up are less likely to require their children to buckle up. A study conducted by the National Safety Council found that child passengers of adults who were unbuckled were also unbuckled in 75% of the cases.
For more information
Trooper Cameron Roden
Law Enforcement Liaison