IS ADAMS RIGHT? SOME ASPECTS ON A THEORY CONCERNING EFFECTS OF SEAT BELT LEGISLATION

This paper discusses the theory formed by John Adams (see IRRD 257899) that, if a driver puts his seat belt on, he will use the reduced injury risk for taking more risks when driving. Use of seat belts has been shown to reduce fatal accidents by 40-60%, and serious non fatal accidents by 65-70%. Seat belt use in Sweden is known to have been high, even before the introduction of seat belt use legislation in 1975, but it was not equal in all areas or for all individuals. Factors influencing seatbelt use were speed, type of car, age, sex and accident proneness. The author has constructed a model, dividing the Swedish car occupant populations of 1974 and1975 into three groups: A) belted before and after the enforcement of the law; B) unbelted before and belted after the enforcement of the law, and C) unbelted both before and after the enforcement of the law. This has allowed a better understanding of how the factors mentioned above have influenced the outcome of seat belt legislation in Sweden. (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Uppsala University, Sweden

    Department of Psychology, Tradgardsgaten 20
    75220 Uppsala,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Tingvall, C
  • Publication Date: 1982-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00609614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM