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Rankings - Seat Belts

1. New Hampshire 2. Arizona 2. Colorado 2. Idaho 2. Massachusetts 2. Missouri 2. Montana 2. Nebraska 2. Nevada 2. North Dakota 2. Ohio 2. Pennsylvania 2. South Dakota 2. Utah 2. Vermont 2. Virginia 2. West Virginia
2. Wyoming 19. Alabama 19. Alaska 19. Arkansas 19. California 19. Connecticut 19. Delaware 19. Florida 19. Georgia 19. Hawaii 19. Illinois 19. Indiana 19. Iowa 19. Kansas 19. Kentucky 19. Louisiana 19. Maine
19. Maryland 19. Michigan 19. Minnesota 19. Mississippi 19. New Jersey 19. New Mexico 19. New York 19. North Carolina 19. Oklahoma 19. Oregon 19. Rhode Island 19. South Carolina 19. Tennessee 19. Texas 19. Washington 19. Wisconsin

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William P. Ruger

William P. Ruger is an assistant professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008.

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Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is an assistant professor in the political science department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008.