State: Seat belt usage at record rate in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's seat belt usage is at a record rate.
According to a new study commissioned by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the usage rate for drivers and front-seat passengers is at an all-time high of 87.8 percent. That's nearly a 2 percentage point increase over the previous year.
LHSC Executive Director Dr. Katara Williams is celebrating the record, but says the state will relentlessly pursue the ultimate goal of 100 percent usage.
The Louisiana report, compiled by the Preusser Research Group, also shows the usage rate for African-Americans jumped from 78.9 percent to 82.6 percent and Hispanic usage rates rose from 81 percent to 91.6 percent. White drivers and passengers showed modest increases, from 88.9 percent to 89.7 percent.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Star Wars fans turn out in force for latest movie premiere
Mike Edmonson won't respond to allegations of wrongdoing but believes he was...
Will Wade and the Tigers host shopping spree for area kids
Two shot in iPhone sale gone wrong Thursday morning
Jury finds Jace Crehan guilty of murder in 2015 vigilante-justice killing