This study continued to monitor the use of occupant restraint systems and motorcycle/moped helmet use in 19 U.S. cities during 1990. A total of 84,022 observations of automobile drivers indicated an overall driver safety belt use rate of 49.0%. The driver safety belt use rate in areas that have mandatory use laws was 61.8% for female drivers and 48.0% for male drivers. Whereas in areas with no use laws, driver safety belt use rate was 42.8% for female drivers and 30.0% for male drivers. The passenger observation indicated that 68.2% of the infants, 74.5% of the toddlers, 51.2% of the subteens, 26.0% of the teens and 43.7% of the adults were restrained. Child safety seats were observed being used for 82.6% of the infant and 84.7% of the toddler passengers. Correct toddler safety seat installation was recorded at a rate of 85.2%. In areas with motorcycle helmet use laws 96.4% of the operators and 94.4% of the passengers used helmets. Helmet use in areas with no helmet use laws was 37.0% for operators and 31.7% for passengers. Automobiles equipped with automatic belt systems had an overall driver belt use rate of 78.8%. The motorized shoulder belt system that could not be disconnected displayed the highest use rate of 97.2%. The lowest automatic system use rate of 64.9% was observed from the 3-point nonmotorized system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Goodell-Grivas Incorporated

    17320 West Eight Mile Road
    Southfield, MI  United States  48075
  • Authors:
    • Datta, T K
    • Guzek, P
  • Publication Date: 1991-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 147
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-89-C-07034
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1996 12:00AM