Michigan officials ‘concerned’ after seat belt use drops to lowest rate since 2004

Michigan’s seat belt use rate has decreased sharply in recent years and now sits at its lowest mark in 17 years, according to a grant-funded direct observation study conducted by Michigan State University.

According to a news release from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, the state’s seat belt usage rage has dropped from 94.4 percent in 2019 to 92.6 percent in 2021. The low rate has traffic safety advocates concerned.