Earlier this week, in support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click it or Ticket” public safety campaign, General Motors announced plans to launch a new seat belt assurance system coming as an optional feature in select 2015 models. The system requires the driver and front passenger to buckle up before releasing the shift interlock.
Seat belt use reached 87 percent nationwide according to a report from the NHTSA. The report notes that seat belt use has been steadily increasing across the county since 1995, especially in “primary law states” where a driver can be pulled over solely for not using seat belts. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young adults (18-24) are the least likely to wear seat belts, and have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.