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Restraint Use and Motor Vehicle Occupant State Data

Find state-specific data on restraint use and motor vehicle occupant deaths below, download your state's fact sheet, and then identify strategies to help keep people safe on the road – every day.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death during the first three decades of Americans’ lives. Increasing the proper use of age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts is an important way to prevent crash-related injuries and deaths. Learn more about effective interventions for motor vehicle injury prevention.

Use

Percentage of drivers and front seat passengers wearing seat belts.

Source for national data: National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), 2012.
Source for state data: State Observational Survey of Seat Belt Use, 2012.

StateSeat Belt Use
United States86%
Alabama90%
Alaska88%
Arizona82%
Arkansas72%
California96%
Colorado81%
Connecticut87%
Delaware88%
Dist. Of Columbia92%
Florida87%
Georgia92%
Hawaii93%
Idaho79%
Illinois94%
Indiana94%
Iowa92%
Kansas80%
Kentucky84%
Louisiana79%
Maine84%
Maryland91%
Massachusetts73%
Michigan94%
Minnesota94%
Mississippi83%
Missouri79%
Montana76%
Nebraska79%
Nevada91%
New Hampshire69%
New Jersey88%
New Mexico91%
New York90%
North Carolina88%
North Dakota81%
Ohio82%
Oklahoma84%
Oregon97%
Pennsylvania84%
Rhode Island78%
South Carolina91%
South Dakota 67%
Tennessee84%
Texas94%
Utah82%
Vermont84%
Virginia78%
Washington97%
West Virginia84%
Wisconsin80%
Wyoming77%

Deaths

Number of motor vehicle occupants killed in each state, 2003-2012. 

Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) 2003-2011 and 2012 ARF

StateNumber of Deaths*
United States**277,245
Alabama8,264
Alaska506
Arizona6,481
Arkansas4,933
California23,125
Colorado3,879
Connecticut1,893
Delaware852
District of Columbia175
Florida17,862
Georgia11,355
Hawaii671
Idaho1,883
Illinois8,138
Indiana6,292
Iowa3,162
Kansas3,473
Kentucky6,749
Louisiana6,533
Maine1,339
Maryland3,829
Massachusetts2,661
Michigan7,348
Minnesota3,685
Mississippi6,687
Missouri8,073
Montana1,890
Nebraska2,034
Nevada2,213
New Hampshire919
New Jersey4,185
New Mexico3,066
New York7,717
North Carolina10,804
North Dakota1,003
Ohio8,759
Oklahoma5,871
Oregon3,035
Pennsylvania10,355
Rhode Island507
South Carolina7,195
South Dakota 1,228
Tennessee9,004
Texas25,017
Utah2,059
Vermont587
Virginia6,796
Washington3,819
West Virginia2,953
Wisconsin5,099
Wyoming1,282

*All occupants killed where body type = 1-79

**50 states + DC

Deaths by Age

Rate of deaths by age (per 100,000 population) for motor vehicle occupants killed in crashes, 2012

Note: Blank cells indicate data are suppressed. Fatality rates based on fewer than 20 deaths are suppressed.

Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

 0-2021-3435-5455+All Ages
United States4.010.86.88.17.0
Alabama8.620.812.615.513.7
Alaska    5.4
Arizona5.012.07.36.97.4
Arkansas8.020.313.816.213.8
California2.46.94.04.54.2
Colorado3.38.84.87.35.8
Connecticut 7.54.05.24.1
Delaware 13.0  6.9
District of Columbia     
Florida3.510.06.77.26.4
Georgia3.912.18.212.18.5
Hawaii    4.0
Idaho4.512.08.810.98.6
Illinois2.58.83.65.64.7
Indiana5.012.07.29.98.1
Iowa4.411.79.610.38.7
Kansas7.513.910.713.111.0
Kentucky6.719.713.413.712.9
Louisiana6.915.610.310.510.4
Maine6.618.07.39.19.4
Maryland3.39.34.26.15.3
Massachusetts1.84.72.23.92.9
Michigan3.810.94.97.56.2
Minnesota2.97.84.36.55.1
Mississippi8.624.616.717.616.0
Missouri5.515.311.610.410.2
Montana10.629.617.012.516.4
Nebraska7.713.68.19.19.2
Nevada3.56.24.68.45.4
New Hampshire   6.85.0
New Jersey2.16.22.84.73.6
New Mexico6.014.313.711.011.1
New York1.74.12.94.43.1
North Carolina5.112.58.79.98.6
North Dakota11.025.227.018.620.2
Ohio3.69.67.68.06.9
Oklahoma6.022.715.715.914.3
Oregon2.67.94.37.35.1
Pennsylvania4.511.16.47.36.8
Rhode Island    4.5
South Carolina6.819.812.711.812.0
South Dakota9.517.912.110.112.0
Tennessee6.116.412.315.011.7
Texas5.214.58.99.59.1
Utah2.56.76.86.45.5
Vermont 19.2  8.4
Virginia3.98.96.79.36.8
Washington2.15.34.24.33.9
West Virginia5.922.613.713.713.1
Wisconsin4.810.97.48.07.4
Wyoming 29.514.920.717.5

Deaths by Gender

Rate of deaths by gender (per 100,000 population) for motor vehicle occupants killed in crashes, 2012.

Note: Blank cells indicate data are suppressed. Fatality rates based on fewer than 20 deaths are suppressed.

Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 2003-2012. 

StateMaleFemale
United States9.44.7
Alabama17.610.0
Alaska5.5 
Arizona10.24.7
Arkansas17.310.4
California5.62.7
Colorado7.44.1
Connecticut5.42.9
Delaware10.04.1
District of Columbia  
Florida8.44.4
Georgia11.75.5
Hawaii5.7 
Idaho10.46.9
Illinois6.33.2
Indiana10.95.3
Iowa11.36.0
Kansas15.16.7
Kentucky15.710.1
Louisiana13.97.1
Maine13.25.8
Maryland7.13.7
Massachusetts4.11.7
Michigan8.34.2
Minnesota6.24.0
Mississippi22.310.0
Missouri14.26.3
Montana21.910.9
Nebraska12.85.7
Nevada6.54.3
New Hampshire7.32.8
New Jersey5.02.4
New Mexico15.16.9
New York4.22.0
North Carolina11.55.9
North Dakota29.310.5
Ohio9.14.7
Oklahoma19.29.6
Oregon5.94.2
Pennsylvania9.24.4
Rhode Island6.3 
South Carolina17.07.2
South Dakota15.48.5
Tennessee16.86.9
Texas12.26.0
Utah5.95.0
Vermont10.26.5
Virginia9.34.3
Washington5.22.5
West Virginia19.17.2
Wisconsin9.65.1
Wyoming21.912.9

All Restraints Data

Source: Please see separate data tabs for source information.

StateRestraint Use (%)Fatalities: TotalFatalities by Age: 0-20Fatalities by Age: 21-34Fatalities by Age: 33-54Fatalities by Age 55+Fatalities by Age: All AgesFatalities: MaleFatalities: Female
United States86%277,2454.010.86.88.17.09.44.7
Alabama90%8,2648.620.812.615.513.717.610.0
Alaska88%506    5.45.5 
Arizona82%6,4815.012.07.36.97.410.24.7
Arkansas72%4,9338.020.313.816.213.817.310.4
California96%23,1252.46.94.04.54.25.62.7
Colorado81%3,8793.38.84.87.35.87.44.1
Connecticut87%1,893 7.54.05.24.15.42.9
Delaware88%852 13.0  6.910.04.1
District of Columbia92%175       
Florida87%17,8623.510.06.77.26.48.44.4
Georgia92%11,3553.912.18.212.18.511.75.5
Hawaii93%671    4.05.7 
Idaho79%1,8834.512.08.810.98.610.46.9
Illinois94%8,1382.58.83.65.64.76.33.2
Indiana94%6,2925.012.07.29.98.110.95.3
Iowa92%3,1624.411.79.610.38.711.36.0
Kansas80%3,4737.513.910.713.111.015.16.7
Kentucky84%6,7496.719.713.413.712.915.710.1
Louisiana79%6,5336.915.610.310.510.413.97.1
Maine84%1,3396.618.07.39.19.413.25.8
Maryland91%3,8293.39.34.26.15.37.13.7
Massachusetts73%2,6611.84.72.23.92.94.11.7
Michigan94%7,3483.810.94.97.56.28.34.2
Minnesota94%3,6852.97.84.36.55.16.24.0
Mississippi83%6,6878.624.616.717.616.022.310.0
Missouri79%8,0735.515.311.610.410.214.26.3
Montana76%1,89010.629.617.012.516.421.910.9
Nebraska79%2,0347.713.68.19.19.212.85.7
Nevada91%2,2133.56.24.68.45.46.54.3
New Hampshire69%919   6.85.07.32.8
New Jersey88%4,1852.16.22.84.73.65.02.4
New Mexico91%3,0666.014.313.711.011.115.16.9
New York90%7,7171.74.12.94.43.14.22.0
North Carolina88%10,8045.112.58.79.98.611.55.9
North Dakota81%1,00311.025.227.018.620.229.310.5
Ohio82%8,7593.69.67.68.06.99.14.7
Oklahoma84%5,8716.022.715.715.914.319.29.6
Oregon97%3,0352.67.94.37.35.15.94.2
Pennsylvania84%10,3554.511.16.47.36.89.24.4
Rhode Island78%507    4.56.3 
South Carolina91%7,1956.819.812.711.812.017.07.2
South Dakota 67%1,2289.517.912.110.112.015.48.5
Tennessee84%9,0046.116.412.315.011.716.86.9
Texas94%25,0175.214.58.99.59.112.26.0
Utah82%2,0592.56.76.86.45.55.95.0
Vermont84%587 19.2  8.410.26.5
Virginia78%6,7963.98.96.79.36.89.34.3
Washington97%3,8192.15.34.24.33.95.22.5
West Virginia84%2,9535.922.613.713.713.119.17.2
Wisconsin80%5,0994.810.97.48.07.49.65.1
Wyoming77%1,282 29.514.920.717.521.912.9

Download Data, Maps, & Charts

The state seat belt data, Percentage of Drivers and Front Seat Passengers Wearing Seat Belts in 2012, and the state motor vehicle occupant death data are available in data.cdc.gov to download and create customized visualizations to use on your web site. The data is available for all states and divided up by HHS regions. 

The datasets and pre-built visualizations are available from the links below.

Percentage of Drivers and Front Seat Passengers Wearing Seat Belts in 2012, Grouped by HHS Region* & All States

HHS Region 1*

HHS Region 2*

HHS Region 3*

HHS Region 4*

HHS Region 5*

HHS Region 6*

HHS Region 7*

HHS Region 8*

HHS Region 9*

HHS Region 10*

All US States

 

Motor Vehicle Death Rate and Total Deaths, Grouped by HHS Region* & All States

Motor Vehicle Occupant Death Rates by State

Motor Vehicle Occupant Deaths in States, 2003-2012

*HHS Regions

  • Region 1 - Boston: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
  • Region 2 - New York: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
  • Region 3 - Philadelphia: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Region 4 - Atlanta: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
  • Region 5 - Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
  • Region 6 - Dallas: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
  • Region 7 - Kansas City: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
  • Region 8 - Denver: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
  • Region 9 - San Francisco: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau
  • Region 10 - Seattle: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Source: www.hhs.gov/iea/regional

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