Drivers Support Strong Belt Reminders; European Systems Could Be Model

This article explores strategies that could help make automobile passengers and drivers from part-time to full-time seat belt users. Results of a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that most motorists support enhanced seat belt reminders that are more persistent and intense than most U.S. vehicles have at present. However, the study also found that seat belt ignition interlocks would be a difficult approach to implement. The author notes that driver acceptance is important because early attempts to use in-vehicle technology to boost seat belt use backfired. The 2012 highway reauthorization law allows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to strengthen minimum requirements for belt reminders. The author briefly explores the idea of adopting European-style belt reminders. A final section of the article summarizes the IIHS telephone surveys of 1,218 drivers and passengers about their belt use and their attitudes toward various types of belt interlocks and auditory warnings. Readers are referred to the full study, available from (Kidd et al).


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 6-7
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  • Accession Number: 01492183
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2013 8:13PM