INVESTIGATIONS INTO SAFETY BELTS

UNTERSUCHUNGEN UEBER SICHERHEITSGURTE

WHEN THE OCCUPANTS OF A VEHICLE ARE SECURED, ACCIDENTS IN INNER URBAN AREAS ARE LESS LIKELY TO RESULT IN INJURIES. IN COLOGNE 22% OF THOSE NOT FASTENED-IN WERE INJURED (32% IN KREIS METTMANN), AND 15% OF THOSE FASTENED WERE INJURED, (25% IN KREIS METTMANN). THE CONSEQUENCES FROM ACCIDENTS WITH PERSONAL INJURIES ARE LESS SEVERE FOR THOSE SECURED THAN FOR THOSE WITH NO SEAT BELTS. PASSENGERS ARE MORE FREQUENTLY INJURED THAN DRIVERS; PASSENGERS ARE ALSO INJURED SOONER EVEN IF SECURED, PRESUMABLY BECAUSE THE BELT IS NOT USED PROPERLY. IN JULY/AUGUST 1974 IN COLOGNE 32% OF THE OCCUPANTS OF FRONT SEATS WORE AVAILABLE SEAT BELTS; IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER IT HAD REACHED 40%. WITH INCREASING AGE OF THE CAR DRIVER THE AVAILABILITY OF SEAT BELTS INCREASES. DRIVERS BETWEEN 18 AND 25 YEARS OF AGE USE AVAILABLE SEAT BELTS NOTICEABLY LESS THAN OLDER DRIVERS. THE PROPORTION APPEARS TO BE A FUNCTION OF THE SIZE OF THE TOWN. IN COLOGNE THE USAGE RATE OF 36% IS MARKEDLY HIGHER THAN IN KREIS METTMANN WITH 30%. CAR DRIVERS WITH FASTENED BELTS TRAVEL SAFER THAN THOSE WITHOUT. PASSENGER BEHAVIOUR IS INFLUENCED BY THAT OF THE DRIVER.

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  • Accession Number: 01304622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2010 10:01AM