Claims News Service, May 15, 2:57 p.m. EDT — According to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report “Research Note: Restraint Use Patterns Among Fatally Injured Passenger Vehicle Occupants,” 48 million — or 18 percent — of Americans still fail to wear safety belts, despite the highest U.S. safety-belt use rate ever recorded. The report indicates that three groups are the least likely to buckle up: young males; residents of rural areas; and pickup truck drivers.

The report’s release coincides with the national “Click It or Ticket” crackdown on belt law violators (May 22-June 4). The law enforcement effort is supported by more than $31 million in national and state ads. They will be aired in media most frequently watched or listened to by males ages 18 to 34.

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