SAFETY BELT USAGE BEFORE AND AFTER ENACTMENT OF A MANDATORY USAGE ORDINANCE (LEXINGTON-FAYETTE COUNTY, KENTUCKY). FINAL REPORT

In the absence of a statewide law, a local ordinance was passed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government mandating use of safety belts. The objective of this study was to conduct surveys before the ordinance was passed, during the implementation of the ordinance, and after the ordinance became effective on July 1, 1990. For each survey, observers collected data at 24 locations throughout Lexington. Data collected during each individual survey period were combined to give a usage rate for that survey period. Enactment of a mandatory safety belt ordinance in one county of a state where there is no statewide law was proven to be an effective means of increasing safety belt usage. Specifically, the usage rate for drivers increased from about 37% before enactment of the ordinance to approximately 76% in the two-month period after the effective date of the ordinance. The successful results obtained in Fayette County may be attributed to: 1) the efforts to educate the public about the new ordinance and the benefits of wearing safety belts and 2) the enforcement of the ordinance (214 citations written in July).

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00622650
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: KTC-90-20, HS-807 732
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-90-Q-05019
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1996 12:00AM