The obligation concerning the use of safety-belts was legally established during the currency of the 3rd Amendment to the Vehicle Act. Until the date of the introduction of this act in July, 1976 the frequency of their use had constantly increased and shortly after that date it reached a maximum and has remained constant for about one year since then. These observations are confirmed by foreign experience. The average values were established by sample tests in the whole of the federal area and lie, for urban areas, at between 20 and 35%. On federal roads they waver between 35 and 50% and on motorways between 45 and 70%. Business and short journey drivers exhibit a worse record in respect of the use of belts than do long journey drivers and holidaymakers. The stagnant development of belt use frequency during the past year shows clearly the need for further measures. In addition to the direct sanctioning of penalties, an improvement in current seat belt systems would increase their use. Beyond that a change of attitude on the part of drivers could be achieved by an information and motivation campaign, which would need to remove the still existing emotions and misunderstandings. The application point for such a campaign must be directed towards the inner urban areas since it is here that the optimum safety effect would be realized. The fact that safety-belts can save at least 30% of the effects of injuries would justify such measures in every way. (TRRL)

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    Auto- Motor-und Radfahrerbund (ARBOE)

    Mariahilferstrasse 180
    Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Lukaschek, H
  • Publication Date: 1978-4


  • German

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  • Pagination: p. 10
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 37/38
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1980 12:00AM