As the nation launches the annual national mobilization to encourage America to buckle up, General Motors commends the U.S. Congress; the Department of Transportation; and national, state and local traffic safety organizations for their ongoing commitment to increasing safety belt use.
GM specifically recognizes the thousands of law enforcement officers across the nation whose commitment saves lives daily.
In 2005, the national belt use rate reached a record 82 percent, 2 percentage points higher than 2004. Today, 25 states and the District of Columbia have primary enforcement laws, covering 65 percent of the U.S. population. States with primary belt use laws have belt use rates, on average, 11 percentage points higher than states with secondary laws.
In Michigan, GM honors the State’s traffic safety leadership that has helped Michigan reach 93 percent belt use rate in 2005.
GM urges everyone to buckle up every time on every trip, including use of the appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, and safety belt for children large enough for an adult belt. Children are safer properly secured in a rear seat.