Recent research demonstrates that minorities are over-represented in motor vehicle crashes. These populations are less likely to wear seat belts or use child safety seats - especially young males. In the African American community, safety belt use remains lower than in the population as a whole. The African American population is expected to increase by 13% by 2010, which will increase their exposure to traffic crashes and fatalities. Low seat belt use has important implications for the preservation of African American health and safety. Clearly, expanded efforts are needed to increase seat belt use within the black community. This pamphlet discusses this situation in the following sections: African Americans Are At Greater Risk; Seat Belts Save Lives And Dollars; Minority Organizations Show Strong Support For Seat Belts; and Perception And Enforcement Of Primary Seat Belt Laws.


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 4 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00797004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 866
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2000 12:00AM