Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319


For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Iowa Department of Public Safety
November 3, 2014
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa Seatbelt Usage Up
According to New Survey

Des Moines, IOWA -- New survey results show that Iowans continue to obey the law and buckle up!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires each state to conduct a seatbelt survey, using NHTSA guidelines, to continue to receive federal funding for traffic safety campaigns.

In conjunction with Iowa State University, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) conducted the state-wide survey and determined seatbelt usage in Iowa has gone up to 92.8% this year from 91.8% in 2013.

The remaining 7% of non-seatbelt users account for 46% of all fatalities on Iowa roadways. The GTSB continues to provide positive public outreach that encourages traffic safety and seatbelt usage.

 “The minute you buckle up in your vehicle, you have just increased your chances of surviving a traffic crash by about 45-percent. Please protect yourself, buckle up every trip, every time,” GTSB Bureau Chief Pat Hoye recommends.

For more information related to the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and seatbelt usage, please visit

Media contact: Mark Nagel, GTSB, (515) 725-6126.


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