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Georgia's Experience in Increasing Rural Safety Belt Use Rates
Spencer R. Moore, Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety

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Seat Belt Use in 2011—Use Rates in the States and Territories (PDF)
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 2012
A traffic safety facts sheet that explores 2011 data related to seat belt use in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Using Laws, Enforcement, and Sanctions to Increase Seat Belt Use on Rural Roads
Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2011

Seat Belt Use on North Dakota Rural Roads (PDF)
Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University, 2009
Explores the use of seat belts in various rural road environments, including highways and in towns.

The Increase in Lives Saved, Injuries Prevented, and Cost Savings if Seat Belt Use Rose to at Least 90 Percent in All States (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009

Seat Belt Use in 2008--Use Rates in the States and Territories(PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2009

Innovative Seat Belt Demonstration Programs in Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Wyoming (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009
A Tech Brief that explores the use of innovative approaches to increase seat belt use in states with secondary seat belt laws.

Estimated medical cost savings in New Hampshire by implementation of a primary seat belt law (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008

The Impact of Legislation, Enforcement, and Sanctions on Safety Belt Use
Transportation Research Board, 2008
NCHRP Report 601
This report focuses on the impact of legislation, enforcement, and sanctions in increasing safety belt usage.

States With Primary Enforcement Laws Have Lower Fatality Rates (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008
Traffic Safety Facts - Research Note No. HS-810 921
This Research Note compares the percentage of unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities and fatality rates between States that have primary seat belt use laws and States that do not have them for the most recent years, 2005 and 2006. Besides having a smaller percentage of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities who were unrestrained, the fatality rates in primary enforcement States (PE States) were much lower than for all other States (non-PE States).

Seat Belt Use in 2007: Use Rates in the States and Territories (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008
Traffic Safety Facts - Crash Stats No. HS-810 949
This fact sheet presents statistics regarding seat belt use rates in the States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, and nationwide from 2001-2007.

Seat Belt Use in 2007: Demographic Results (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008
Traffic Safety Facts - Research Note No. HS-810 932
In 2007, seat belt use in the United States increased among occupants 70 and older. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States. NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Seat Belt Use in Rear Seats in 2007 (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008
Traffic Safety Facts - Research Note No. HS-810 933
In 2007, seat belt use in rear seats in the United States was 76 percent, 11 percentage points higher than 2006. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States. NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Characteristics of Unrestrained Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities 16 and Older in Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes by Time of Day (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008
Traffic Safety Facts - Research Note No. HS-810 948
In 2006, 42,642 people died on the Nation's highways. Of these fatalities 30,521 (72%) were passenger vehicles occupants of all ages, and 28,911 (68%) were occupants 16 and older. This Research Note looked at those 2006 fatalities 16 and older to identify characteristics of those who were unrestrained.

Increasing Seat Belt Use Among 8- to 15-Year-Olds: Volume I: Findings (PDF)
Increasing Seat Belt Use Among 8- to 15-Year-Olds: Volume II: Appendices (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008
DOT HS 810 965
The broad aim of this research project was to determine the nature and causes of non-use of seat belts among 8- to 15-year-olds, and to recommend interventions and strategic approaches to increase usage among this age group. This report summarizes findings from three phases of research: a literature review; 28 in-home family immersion interviews conducted in Illinois, Georgia, and Arizona; and detailed findings from qualitative testing of intervention concepts through 96 triads among "tweens" and teens 8 to 15 years old, six focus groups with parents in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, and California, and two focus groups with adult/teen influencers in Iowa and California.

Effectiveness of the May 2005 Rural Demonstration Program and the Click It or Ticket Mobilization in the Great Lakes Region: First Year Results (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2007
DOT HS 810 753
NHTSA's Great Lakes Region (GLR) implemented a Rural Demonstration Program (RDP) prior to the May 2005 Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization with the goal of increasing seat belt usage in rural areas. During the RDP, States that had intensified enforcement had significant increases in usage in their rural targeted areas.

Traffic Tech: Increasing Seat Belt Use in Rural Areas of the Great Lakes Region (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2007
Fact sheet summarizing the results of NHTSA& #8217;s Great Lakes Region (GLR) Rural Demonstration Program prior to the May 2005 Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization.

Traffic Crashes Take Their Toll on America's Rural Roads: The Need to Establish Rural Safety Belt Programs
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2006
DOT HS 810 658
Discusses the need to establish rural seat belt programs.

2005 Rural Fatalities and Primary Seat Belt Laws, By State
Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, 2005
2005 Rural fatalities and primary seat belt laws by State

Safety Belts and Rural Communities
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2005
Contains facts regarding seat belt use in rural communities.

Safety Belt Use Estimate for Native American Tribal Reservations Subject to Tribal Law and Tribal Traffic Enforcement: 2005 Traffic Tech
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2005
The goal was to gather a single belt use rate for tribal reservations that could track progress towards increasing belt use.

Rural Pickup Truck Drivers and Safety Belt Use: Focus Group Report (PDF)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2004
DOT HS 809 711
This report presents background information about safety belt use among rural pickup truck drivers. Specifically, an inventory of pickup truck safety belt and children in cargo area laws, as of November 2000, is presented; safety belt usage rates, fatality rates, and characteristics of pickup truck drivers and passengers, as of November 2000, are summarized; and public information campaigns intended for pickup truck drivers, as of 2000, are reviewed.

Partners for Rural Traffic Safety. Action Kit
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2001
DOT HS 809 299
This toolkit provides strategies for increasing seat belt use. Fifteen communities took part in the project to develop strategies for increasing seat belt use. By using the roadmap and tools enclosed in this Kit, any rural community can replicate the success achieved by the 15 communities that took part in the pilot project.

 

 

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