In 1959, when seat belts weren't required, only 205 people died in Utah motor vehicle accidents. Last year there were 303 deaths. Better unbuckle, right? Wrong. Your chances of arriving alive were 2 1/2 times better in 1989 than '59.

Year Motor vehicle deaths Deaths per 100 million

in Utah vehicle miles traveled

1959 205 5.42

1969 308 5.31

1979 328 3.34

1986 312 2.55

1987 297 2.34

1988 297 2.20

1989 303 2.17

SOURCE: Utah Highway Patrol