An Observational Study of Seat Belt Use Among Taxi Drivers in Boston

This article reports on a study of safety belt use among taxi drivers in Boston, Massachusetts. Taxi drivers are exempt from the state law mandating safety belt use. The observational study included 250 taxicabs; 247 of the cabs were driven by men (98.9%). Overall, 17 of the 250 taxicab drivers (6.8%) wore safety belts, whereas 233 (93.2%) did not. According to data from the Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Bureau, the observed safety belt use rate of drivers in general in Massachusetts is 64%. The authors conclude that stronger safety belt use legislation in Massachusetts may help to improve safety belt use among taxi drivers in Boston.


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  • Accession Number: 01010565
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 2005 6:14AM