More and more Missourians are making the choice to buckle up. According to an annual survey conducted by the Department of Transportation, 87% of state residents regularly use their seatbelt. That’s the highest usage rate recorded since the survey began in 1998. It’s also 5.7% higher than it was just two years ago. 61% of the traffic fatalities in Missouri in 2017 involved an unbuckled driver or passenger. Passengers and females are more likely to wear their seatbelts, according to the survey. Occupants in SUVs and minivans had a usage rate of over 86%, much higher than the state average. The lowest usage rate was reported among drivers and passengers in pickup trucks.