During the spring of 1972 the National Swedish Road and Traffic Research Institute carried out certain studies on the use of seat belts in cars. The studies were sponsored by the Transport Research Delegation. The aim was to study the effect of an information campaign which then recently had been concluded. Observations were made in both rural and urban traffic. The observation sites were selected in such a way that it was possible to distinguish between three categories of road users, namely those coming from a concentrated suburban area situated close to Stockholm, those coming on the same major road from a number of small suburban areas also situated close to Stockholm and lastly those coming from more distant suburban areas. For all observed cars information as to whether the driver and the front seat passenger had used seat belts or not was gathered. For cars on rural roads information about in which county the car was registered was also included. With the aid of information about which county the observed cars were registered in, all cars were divided into two categories viz local and other traffic. Drivers and passengers of cars in local traffic used seat belts less often than the other drivers and passengers - 30 and 50% about 15%. The latter category had a higher frequency in the use of seat belts than the other categories. An increase in the use of seat belts was also found for all three categories during the last number of years. The results for 1972 show that about 30% of the observed drivers and passengers used seat belts. How far and how fast the driver expects to travel are two factors which have a strong influence in the driver's use of seat belts. Another factor which seems to have some importance in this respect is the weather. The use of seat belts by the front seat passenger is strongly affected by the driver. The study shows that the front seat passenger uses a seat belt 10-15 times as often when the driver uses a seat belt as when the driver does not use a seat belt. /Author/


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 54 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00099557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 21
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM