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Oklahoma ranks 40th worst in the nation in seat belt use


Tulsa World

By Barbara Hoberock

August 26, 2020


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma ranks poorly nationally for motorists using seat belts, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority was told on Tuesday.

Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz made the remarks during the OTA’s regular monthly meeting.

“I would challenge all drivers in Oklahoma to make us top 10 with seat belt usage,” Gatz said. “Buckle up. It can save your life in an accident situation.”

Gatz also serves as head of the OTA and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier said the most recent statistics available are for 2018. In that year, 85% of Oklahoma drivers used seat belts, which ranked the state 40th worst in the nation, she said.


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