CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that Illinois has achieved an all-time high seat belt usage rate in 2012.
Federal observational surveys showed that 93.6 percent of front-seat passengers were using seat belts as of June. That's up from last year's percentage of 92.9 and is also above the national average of 84 percent.
The governor said this significant achievement is credited to awareness campaigns, driver compliance, strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement and a stronger safety legislation.
"Labor Day weekend should be a time of parades, barbecues and baseball, not sitting in a hospital ER, wondering if a loved one will survive a crash," Gov. Quinn said.