Seat Belt Usage Interventions for Motor Vehicle Crash Prevention on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (PRIR) is an Oglala Lakota Native American reservation located in southwest South Dakota. From 2002-2011, the leading cause of death from severe injuries on the PRIR was motor vehicle crashes (MVC), with an average of 16 MVCs fatalities occurring per year. The major risk factors that influence MVC fatalities in tribal communities include low seat belt use and low child safety seat use. In 2007, the Sacred Cargo Coalition was established to implement intervention strategies to increase seat belt usage and reduce MVC fatalities; this article reports findings on the effectiveness of these interventions. Findings include an increase in seat belt usage rates by an average of 6.8 % between 2007 and 2012, and a decrease in MVC fatalities by 46.7% from preintervention to the intervention period.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 46-52
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  • Accession Number: 01602216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 2016 9:04AM