Seat belt use by high school students at six Maryland schools was observed and compared with belt use among other motorists in the surrounding community. There was substantial variation in use rates of the high school students (36-91% for drivers, 24-74% for passengers) largely reflecting differences in socioeconomic status of the communities in which the schools are located. Five of the six schools had been surveyed previously. Seat belt use was generally much higher than in 1988 among both high school and comparison group drivers. Evidence for lower belt use by students was not as clear-cut as in 1988, when high school driver belt use was lower than among comparison drivers at each school. In the current study, this was the case at three of the six schools for drivers and four of the six schools for right front passengers. It is important to find ways to increase seat belt use among teenagers, who are more likely than older people to need the protection provided by belts because of their greater crash risk. The low rate of belt use by teenage passengers is of particular concern, since passengers comprise about 40% of all 16-19 year-old motor vehicle occupant deaths.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    1005 North Glebe Road
    Arlington, VA  United States  22201
  • Authors:
    • Williams, A F
    • RAPPOLD, V
    • Wells, J K
    • Ferguson, S A
  • Publication Date: 1995-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM