SAPD releases December results of Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In campaign

As a part of Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, approximately 683 seat belt observations were conducted in San Angelo during the month of December, according to the San Angelo Police Department.

A release from the SAPD said Thursday that results show that the overall seat belt use rate is 93.6 percent locally. This is 2.9 percent higher than the state average of 90.7 percent; 6.6 percent higher than the national average of 87 percent; and 0.5 percent higher than San Angelo’s October baseline of 93.1 percent.

December surveys took place in five locations in the area. In addition to the general use rate data, findings showed the following:

  • Women – 95.2 percent
  • Men – 91.8 percent
  • Highest age group for belt use: 60-plus
  • Lowest age group for belt use: < 24
  • Highest vehicle for belt use: Van
  • Lowest vehicle for belt use: Passenger car

The next round of surveys will be released by the SAPD in February 2017.

The SAPD asks citizens to “Take the seat belt challenge, buckle up, every trip, every time and encourage your family and friends to do the same. You might just safe a life.”

Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is made up of the San Angelo Police Department and a network of community partners, including SAISD and Live Design and Print Shop. This public safety initiative was created to increase belt use, save lives and reduce injuries in San Angelo.

For more information about Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In or to become a partner, contact Officer Tracy Gonzalez, SAPD Public Information Officer, at