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Prevalence of Safety Belt Use Among Delaware Adults in 2002

Image: Photo of man fastening seatbelt.

In 2002, 80.2% of adult Delawareans reported "always using" their seatbelts.

About 6.4% said they seldom or never use safety belts, and 13.3% reported that they use seatbelts occasionally.

Adult women in Delaware report using seatbelts more than men. Only 74% of men use seatbelts regularly, compared to almost 86% of women. There were no statistically significant differences in seatbelt use among racial or ethnic groups.

Safety belt use is lowest (71.5%) among young adults in the 18-24 age group and highest (84%) among people over 65. Other age groups are close to the 80% state average.

Adult Seatbelt Use, By County
State Kent New Castle Sussex
80.2% 79.5% 81.2% 77.8%

Source: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2002.

The Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) has not asked questions about safety belt use for several years, so trend analysis is not available.