This report examines restraint device use across the province of British Columbia by reviewing victim restraint device use as recorded on all accident report forms (MV104) involving injury or death in 1982. In addition, whether or not victims were ejected from any vehicles in the accident is also examined. It is reasoned that if one accepts the premise that the number of accidents where victims are not wearing seat belts and the number of accidents where victims are ejected from vehicles relates positively to the number of persons not wearing restraint devices, then by examining these two variables, one can get a rough notion of the relative differences in restraint device use from location to location. This information in turn could be used to pinpoint geographical locations for restraint device use campaigns, extra police enforcement efforts, and so on. As a result of these analyses, this report recommends: (1) Increased enforcement of restraint device legislation and public education in the Prince George and Prince Rupert areas; (2) increased enforcement of restraint device legislation and increased public education in rural areas throughout the province, and (3) figures on victim restraint device use and victim ejection from the vehicle during an accident be used in order to measure the effectiveness of those efforts noted in (1) and (2).

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ministry of Attorney General

    CounterAttack Program, Police Services Branch
    Vancouver V6Z 2E6, BC  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • MERCER, G W
  • Publication Date: 1983-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 378
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM