SAFETY BELT USAGE SURVEY AND EVALUATION OF EFFECTIVENESS IN KENTUCKY
The objective of this study was to establish 1994 safety belt and child safety seat usage rates in Kentucky. The 1994 survey documents the result from enacting a statewide mandatory safety belt law. Data were collected at 100 sites and combined based on vehicle miles traveled for a given type of highway, rural or urban location, and county population category. Also included in this report is an analysis of accident records evaluating the effectiveness of safety belts. The data show that enactment of the statewide law had a dramatic effect on usage rates. The usage rate for drivers increased from 42% in 1993 to 58% in 1994, While the usage rate for drivers had increased for the past several years, the amount of the increase was decreasing prior to enactment of the statewide law. The statewide usage rate for children under the age of four was determined to be 72%. This represents an increase from the 61% usage determined in the 1993 survey. Benefits in the reduction of injuries for occupants involved in police-reported accidents wearing a safety belt or in a safety seat were shown through the analysis of accident records. For example, a 56% reduction in fatal or incapacitating injuries was determined for drivers wearing a safety belt compared to those who were not restrained.
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- Sponsored by Kentucky State Police, Frankfort, Highway Safety Standards Branch.
University of Kentucky, LexingtonKentucky Transportation Center
College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
Lexington, KY United States 40506-0281
- Agent, K R
- Publication Date: 1994-9
- Pagination: 43 p.
- TRT Terms: Child restraint systems; Manual safety belts
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors; I81: Accident Statistics;
- Accession Number: 00719107
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: KTC-94-19
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 10 1996 12:00AM