The feeling of invulnerability, the belief that no harm can come to you, is genetically encoded into the human adolescent. Males, particularly. That is why they join the Army, ride for the Pony Express, try to cram a semester's worth of school work into a single night and experiment with other potentially harmful behaviors.
So any hint that more Utah teenagers are making a bow to their own mortality by wearing their seat belts when they drive is a major accomplishment.
According to a new survey released the other day by the Utah Highway Patrol, measurable use of seat belts is up in our state, particularly among targeted populations where it had been lagging before rural residents and teenagers. Not only do more people report wearing their seat belts, the percentage of teen accident victims who had failed to buckle up something the patrol can more accurately measure dropped by upwards of 70 percent between 2003 and 2012.