This study continued to monitor the use of occupant restraint systems and motorcycle/moped helmet use in 19 U.S. cities during 1991. A total of 256,907 observations of automobile drivers indicated an overall driver safety belt use rate of 51.1%. The driver safety belt use rate in areas that have mandatory use laws was 60.9% for female drivers and 47.6% for male drivers. Whereas in areas with no use laws, driver safety belt use rate was 45.2% for female drivers and 30.7% for male drivers. The shopping center observation indicated that 70.2% of the infants, 73.6% of the toddlers, 41.8% of the subteens, 22.9% of the teens and 40.5% of the adult passengers were restrained. Child safety seats were observed being used for 87.0% of the infant and 81.8% of the toddler passengers. Correct toddler safety seat installation was recorded at a rate of 85.9%. In areas with motorcycle helmet use laws 99.5% of the operators and 98.1% of the passengers used helmets. Helmet use in areas with no helmet use laws was 39.6% for operators and 27.7% for passengers. Automobiles equipped with automatic belt systems had an overall driver belt use rate of 80.1%. The motorized shoulder belt system that could not be disconnected displayed the highest use rate of 96.6%. The lowest automatic system use rate of 63.5% was observed from the 3-point nonmotorized system.

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  • 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: 1992-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 84 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 148
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-89-C-07034
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1996 12:00AM