Safety belt use which rose substantially after the Canadian province put in effect a mandatory belt use law early this year, has now dropped sharply. This study, which is based on wide-scale observations of people in automobiles on the roads, noted a 52 percent increase in belt usage between December 1975 and February 1976. By June 1976, lap belt usage had dropped by 24 percent, and shoulder belt usage by drivers and right front passengers dropped by 29 percent. It was also noted that three fourths of the teenage drivers and passengers involved in severe crashes were not using shoulder belts both before and after the law.

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  • Accession Number: 00138127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM