(NEWS CENTER Maine) — Police all over Maine plan to emphasize patrols checking for seatbelt use over Memorial Day Weekend as thousands of tourists are expected to visit the state.
The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that an observed 14 percent of Maine drivers do not wear their seatbelt (Source: NHTSA).
In 2016, of the 119 fatalities in crashes on Maine roads (involving people five years old or older) reported by NHTSA, 61 people were not wearing seatbelts. Only 47 percent of those fatalities were known to be wearing seatbelts. In three deaths, police could not determine if the person killed was wearing a seatbelt.
In 2016, NHTSA reported that just 55 percent of people who were killed while sitting in the front seat of a car while driving were wearing seatbelts.