2015 Safety Belt Usage Survey in Kentucky

There have been various methods used in efforts to increase safety belt and safety seat usage. Past efforts have included public information campaigns, local and statewide legislation, and enforcement of the legislation. Most recently, Kentucky changed the statewide legislation requiring the use of safety belts for all vehicle occupants from secondary to primary enforcement. A statewide law providing secondary enforcement was passed in 1994, with the primary enforcement law passed in 2006. The objective of the survey summarized in this report was to establish a statewide safety belt usage rate in Kentucky for 2015. This rate can be compared to those determined from previous surveys. The data show that the level of safety belt usage in 2015 (86.7 percent) was the highest since surveys began in 1982. The usage rate increased 0.6 percent in 2015. Progressive increases in usage rates observed since 1982 can be related to the enactment and enforcement of safety belt laws along with increased education.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Kentucky Transportation Center

    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY  United States  40506

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

    Frankfort, KY  United States  40622

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Agent, Kenneth R
    • Green, Eric R
    • Fields, Michael A
  • Publication Date: 2015-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 57p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01608705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: KTC -15-15/KSP1-15-1F
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2016 9:43AM