KDOT releases seat belt use study

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas Department of Transportation released a report in June which found that seat belt use among Kansas children has increased over time.

KDOT observed more than 34,000 children in the state. The report found that adults play a huge role in making sure a child is safe in the car.

The report found that children are 95 percent more likely to be buckled up if the driver is also belted, and that adults play a huge role in making sure a child is safe in the car.

If the driver is not belted, the report found that only about three percent of the observed children would, too.

The report also broke down seat belt use by county. Johnson and Douglass County were the highest ranked with 95 percent and 91 percent, respectively.

The report found that in general, the younger the child the more likely they are to be belted.

In the report, children in urban counties were buckled up at higher rates than in rural counties. The average among urban counties in 86 percent and the average in rural counties is about 78 percent.

Cell phone use, texting and other distractions were also in the study. About eight percent of youth 15-17 were observed to be distracted in some way, while about 92 percent were observed as having no distraction.
 

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