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Preventing Needless Fatalities

INCREASED SAFETY BELT USAGE AND PREVENTING IMPAIRED DRIVING ARE NEEDED TODAY TO PREVENT NEEDLESS FATALITIES AND INJURIES

The single most effective way to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the short term is to increase the use of occupant restraint systems, safety belts and child safety seats. If the United States could increase its safety belt usage rate from the current 79 percent to 92 percent (the same usage rate as in Canada) it is estimated that another 3,250 lives would be saved and countless injuries would be avoided. Members of the Alliance have a long and proud record in supporting increased safety belt usage beginning in the mid 1980's with funding for Traffic Safety Now, a safety belt advocacy group lobbying state governments for the passage of mandatory safety belt use laws, to participation in and funding of the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign (Campaign). The Campaign is housed in the National Safety Council and principally funded by the voluntary contributions of motor vehicle manufacturers. The effectiveness of the Campaign is reflected in the increase in belt use from 61 percent, when the Campaign was formed in 1996, to today, with belt use now at 79 percent.

This 18-percentage point increase in belt use is largely due to high visibility enforcement Mobilizations coordinated by the Campaign in cooperation with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), state highway safety offices and law enforcement agencies in all fifty states. Recently, the largest Mobilization ever was conducted with more than 12,500 law enforcement agencies providing stepped up enforcement and close to $25 million in paid advertising to augment the enforcement effort. Funding for the enforcement ads, both national and state, comes from funds earmarked by Congress for this purpose. High visibility enforcement of safety belt laws has been extensively tested in more than twenty states. It has consistently achieved dramatic increases in safety belt use. The Administration has requested $20 million for the paid advertising that has proven to be a vital component of this effective program; we believe that it is important for Congress to continue to provide this funding.

Primary enforcement safety belt use laws are significantly correlated with higher safety belt usage levels. States with primary enforcement laws have average safety belt usage rates approximately 11 percentage points higher than states having secondary enforcement laws. Currently, only 20 states and the District of Columbia have primary safety belt laws. While the Campaign, through its lobbying efforts, has contributed to getting primary enforcement legislation enacted in several states, progress has been difficult to achieve. The Administration has requested significant funding for incentives to states passing primary enforcement laws. This proposal has merit and should be approved by Congress.

Impaired driving is also a significant highway safety problem and one that is getting worse. While substantial progress in reducing impaired driving was made in the last two decades, impaired driving is once again on the rise. Repeat offenders are disproportionately involved in fatal crashes. Congress should provide funding beyond the level proposed by the Administration to enable states to address this deadly problem.

In addition to the priority areas of increasing safety belt use and reducing impaired driving, Congress needs to provide adequate funding for the . . . State and Community Highway Safety Program.



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