When Did the State of Michigan First Mandate That Drivers and Passengers Wear Seat Belts?

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Michael Chambers
Michael ChambersFeature Writer

Posted on Feb 06, 2023

In 1968, the state of Michigan became the first state in the nation to require all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts. The law was enacted in response to a study that found that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of death in a car accident by up to 50%. The law has been amended over the years to reflect changes in technology and safety standards, but the basic requirement that all drivers and passengers wear seat belts remains in effect.

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