Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers (SBUCMVD) 2009 Survey

The Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers (SBUCMVD) Survey is a nationally representative field data collection program that provides estimates of safety belt restraint use by drivers and other occupants of medium and heavy duty commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The 2009 overall seat belt usage rate for drivers of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses combined was 74%. The usage rate for CMV other occupants was 61%. A total of 20,818 CMVs, 20,818 drivers, and 1,628 other occupants were observed at 827 sites. Seat belt use was observed to be higher in states governed by primary belt use laws (78%) than secondary belt use laws (67%). Seat belt usage among drivers and other occupants in units identified as part of a regional or national fleet (78%) was also observed to be higher than non-regional/non-national (independent) operators (64%). These estimates show an increase from 2008. Observations on the use of seat belts were conducted on a sample of arterial roads (ART) and limited access highways (LAH) by trained Data Collectors and the data collection protocol remained the same as last year. All data were collected on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) with a newly developed data collection program. Independent traffic counts were also recorded to help calibrate the estimates.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • To obtain a copy of this report contact Martha Threat, CMV Safety Belt Program Manager at (202) 366-0627 or email
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  • Publication Date: 2009-12-18


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 57p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01356711
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 2 2011 3:46PM