More than 9 of every 10 Delaware adults report that they always use their seatbelts.
According to the 2015 Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), 92.5 percent of adult Delaware residents report that they "always wear seatbelts" when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. A higher percentage of women report always using their seatbelts: 94.2 percent of women vs. 90.7 percent of men. There are no statistically significant differences by age, race/ethnicity, or educational level.
The prevalence of seatbelt use in Delaware is significantly higher than the BRFS median among all states, which was 86.4 percent in 2015.
The trend in Delaware has been level for the past six years, at about 92 percent.
An additional 3.8 percent of adults claim they "nearly always" use their seatbelts. So 96.3 percent of Delaware adults report using their seatbelts "always or nearly always."
Delaware's prevalence of 92.5 percent from the BRFS compares well with data from observational studies conducted by the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Office of Highway Safety. According to Highway Safety's 2016 observational study, 91.4 percent of motorists driving in Delaware were using their safety belts.
Self-reported seatbelt use is not as high among high school students. The Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) asks a random sample of public high school students if they wear a seatbelt when riding in a car. Only 66.2 percent responded "always," with another 20.9 percent saying "most of the time" — for a total of only 87.1 percent of high school students who claim to wear seatbelts "always or most of the time." A slightly higher percentage of female students reported "always" using seatbelts (67.7 percent) than did male students (65.7 percent), but the difference was not statistically significant for students.