We’re not buckling up like we’re used to. Kendall Wingrove of the Michigan Office of Highway Planning says seat belt use has slipped significantly over the past two years.

“The seatbelt compliance numbers are moving in the wrong direction,” Wingrove said. “Back in 2019, our seatbelt compliance rate was 94.4%. In 2021, that has dipped to 92.6%.”

Wingrove says each 1% drop in seat belt use can be linked to ten fatalities. The state is going to begin an education campaign to get more people to buckle up. That will be followed by increased enforcement.