This report presents findings from the first Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted this survey to collect critical information needed by the agency to develop and implement effective countermeasures to improve highway traffic safety. Two different versions of the questionnaire were used, one giving special attention to safety belt use and the other to child safety seats. Other issues covered include motor vehicle crash and injury experience, airbags, bicycle and motorcycle helmet use, speeding, and drinking and driving. The survey was administered to 8,000 respondents age 16 and older, 4,000 per version of the questionnaire. The survey results show that 23% of the population age 16 and older, or more than 45 million youth and adults, have sustained a motor vehicle crash injury that required medical attention. The survey results also show that safety belt use continues to rise. Nearly three-fourths of drivers report using their belts all the time, but some of these drivers admit to not having used their belt at some time in the past year. Among self-reported "most of the time" belt users, 40% did not buckle up while driving in the past day. The survey also indicates that most children are placed in child safety seats when they are very young (under age two), but that use of the car seat declines precipitously as the child grows larger. Many small children who should still be using car seats are not.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 163 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723748
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 334
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-93-D-05135
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 1 1996 12:00AM