Message Monday - Surely you buckle? Yes & don't call me Shirley

7-9 message mondayDo you long for a simpler time? How about the 1980s? That’s when the movie Airplane was a huge hit and seat belts were just starting to be embraced as a powerful safety tool. Before Iowa instituted a law requiring seat belt use, less than 20 percent of drivers and passengers buckled up. Once the law took effect in 1986, that number jumped to 46 percent.

Seat belt usage rateIn the latest seat belt survey conducted in 2017, Iowa’s overall seat belt use was observed to be 91.4 percent. By comparison, the seat belt use rates for previous years were 93.8 percent in 2016, 93.0 percent in 2015, 92.8 percent in 2014, 91.9 percent in 2013, and 92.4 percent in 2012. The largest decline in seat belt use was documented on county roads and city streets. 

Have you ever been in a crash where a seat belt saved your life? We’d love to hear your story. Please email us at [email protected].

Just for nostalgia’s sake -

For 2018, there have been 151 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of 10 since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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