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Seat Belt Use

According to a survey conducted by NHTSA in June 2000, nearly 30 percent of Americans (or about 85 million people) still do not use seat belts when driving or riding in motor vehicles. Seat belts save an estimated 10,000 lives each year. If seat belt use nationwide were to increase to 90 percent, an additional 5,500 deaths and 121,000 injuries could be avoided each year, saving $8.8 billion annually. DOTís goal is to increase seat belt usage to 90 percent by 2005.

An additional 32 States have secondary belt laws. New Hampshire has no adult seat belt law. Our analysis of this yearís data leads us to the conclusion that overall shoulder belt use in States with standard (primary) seat belt laws was 77 percent compared to 63 percent in States without standard enforcement laws.

In 2000, NHTSA published The Child Restraint Systems Safety Plan, which outlined more than 30 new or ongoing agency activities to improve motor vehicle safety for children from infancy through age 10. The plan focuses on two major strategies:

    - encouraging the correct use of safety seats that afford optimal protection

    - providing useful consumer information on child passenger safety
The plan further proposes that NHTSA add safety seats to vehicles that are crash tested through its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP); develop a 10-year-old child dummy to better evaluate the performance of booster seats designed for larger children; review test procedures for NHTSA's standard on child safety seats; publish a "best practices" guide for organizations planning to establish safety seat fitting stations; and provide additional consumer information on the features and proper use of safety seats.

External Factors:

Beginning in 1991, and increasingly every year thereafter, DOT and its partners have succeeded in convincing the majority of the population to buckle up. However, the behavior of the remaining part-time seat belt users and non-users will be more difficult to change.

2000 Results:

DOT did not meet the performance target, although this yearís 71 percent rate is the highest in our Nationís history. The child passenger restraint rate has also risen dramatically over the past few years as child passenger fatalities continue to decline. In just two years, restraint use for children ages 0-15 years of age has climbed from 65 to 75 percent. The increase in restraint use among toddlers (1-4 years of age) has been even more dramatic: 60 to 87 percent.

This information came from a
DOT online article.

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