Traffic Safety Facts 2018 Data: Occupant Protection

According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) for 2018, estimated seat belt use increased from 84.1% in 2009 to 89.6% in 2018. NOPUS provides nationwide probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States. In 2018 there were 36,560 traffic fatalities in the United States, of which 22,697 (62%) were occupants of passenger vehicles. Of the 22,697 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2018, there were 10,978 (48%) who were restrained and 9,778 (43%) who were unrestrained at the time of the crashes. Restraint use was not known for the remaining 1,941 (9%) occupants. Looking only at those passenger vehicle occupants who were killed and their restraint use was known, 53% were restrained and 47% were unrestrained. The unrestrained percentage has decreased from 2009 to 2018. Among passenger vehicle occupants killed, when restraint use was known, the percentage of unrestrained deaths decreased by 6 percentage points, from 53 percent in 2009 to 47 percent in 2018. Additional data presented in this report includes restraint use and age, gender, seating position, and vehicle type. Additional sections include: seat belt use and benefits, child restraint use, frontal air bag use, belt use by State, and restraint use laws.


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  • Accession Number: 01748349
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 967
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2020 10:40AM