SEAT BELT AND SHOULDER STRAP USE AMONG URBAN TRAVELERS. A COMPARISON OF SURVEY RESULTS FROM 1974, 1975, AND 1976

During nine days in late January 1974, four major metropolitan areas of the state of Virginia were surveyed in an effort to determine seat belt use by urban travelrs. Approximately one year later, in February 1975, the survey was repeated, using the same intersection locations, days of the week, and hours of the day. Seat belt usage generally was greater during the second survey. Driver use increased by 3.5% and right front seat passenger use increased by 4.1%. There was no real change in use by the remaining passengers. A third survey was conducted during February 1976. The same days of the week, hours of the day, and intersection locations were used for this survey as were used for the first two surveys. Occupant use was found to be lower than for either of the preceeding two surveys. In 1976 the use of restraints was 18.2% by drivers, 12.4% by right front passengers, and 5.5% by the remaining passengers. An association between the driver's use of belts and the right front passenger's use was noted during all three surveys. When the driver was using both lap and shoulder belts, 77.0% (1974), 84.3% (1975), and 73.7% (1976) of the right front passengers were using either the lap belt or the lap and shoulder belts. It is interesting to note that when the driver was wearing only the lap belt the majority of the right front passengers also were using the lap belt only. When the driver was wearing both the lap and shoulder belts the majority of the right front passengers also were using the lap and shoulder belts. /Author/

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    • Sponsored by Virginia Highway Safety Division, Richmond.
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    Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Stoke, C B
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 47 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHTRC 77-R35
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM