According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) traffic deaths on a national level were down 7 percent in the first half of 2009 compared to last year. This stays in line with Florida’s stastics, which for the third year in a row Florida has seen a decrease in traffic fatalities. According to the Florida Performs website, the state holds a fatality rate decrease of 1.5 deaths per vehicles miles traveled (VMT) in 2008 from 1.57 deaths per 100 million VMT in 2007. This year Florida Legislature passed the primary seat belt law which took effect this past June. This law requires all drivers and passengers to be secured with a seat belt. This will hopefully assist in keeping the decrease of traffic deaths seen throughout the country consistent within the state of Florida.