West Virginia’s statewide seat belt usage rate higher than nation average again

The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) announced that West Virginia’s statewide seat belt usage rate is 90.2 percent for 2019. The national average is 90 percent. This is the second year in a row that West Virginia’s rate is over 90 percent.

“We want our people to absolutely be as safe as possible while they are traveling on our roads here in West Virginia,” Governor Jim Justice said. “I’m very proud of all the hard work that has gone into putting us above the national average in this truly important category. But we can’t stop – we have to keep working all the time to make our seat belt usage as close to 100 percent as possible. And I’m confident we’ll keep getting better and better.”