WPR News
4:54 pm
Tue September 28, 2004

Women Can Make Men Buckle Up

Laramie, Wy – Seatbelt use in Wyoming is well below the national average. While 80-percent of drivers across the country wear seatbelts, a study found Wyoming drivers are around 50 percent. Injury Prevention Resources is trying to increase those numbers with a project that uses women to get people to buckle up. Spokesman Lorrie Pozarik says more men tend to buckle up if a woman is with them. So they are pushing a New Education Program called Buckle Those You Love. It is trying to get women to make men buckle their seatbelts.
Pozarik says men are 200 times more likely to buckle up if a woman is in the vehicle.
Pozarik says Wyoming people are not currently interested in tougher laws, so she say increased awareness and education is the best approach.