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Monday, August 30, 2010

ID Seat Belt Usage Down

A survey conducted for the Idaho Transportation Department says that seat belt use is down in the state.

About three-quarters of Idaho motorists regularly wear seat belts while driving, which is down from 79% in 2009. Southwest Idaho drivers and passengers buckle up the most with a 93.2% use rate, followed closely by those in north-central Idaho where the seat belt use rate is 87.4%.

The survey showed that seat belt usage for pickup truck occupants at 68% continues to be substantially lower than belt usage for either passenger cars at 80% or vans and sport-utility vehicles at 82%.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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