Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use in Virginia: The Summer 2005 Update

The Virginia Transportation Research Council has been collecting safety belt use data in Virginia since 1974. In 1992, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final guidelines for conducting surveys of belt and helmet use in the states. As of the 1992 survey, Virginia adopted the NHTSA protocol for its statewide survey. The current survey showed that Virginia’s summer 2005 safety belt use rate was 80.4% and its motorcycle helmet use rate was 99.3%. In the 12 previous surveys, virtually all of the motorcycle drivers and passengers observed were using a helmet. For passenger car drivers and right front passengers observed from 1992 through 2003, use rates varied from a low of 67.1% in 1997 to a high of 74.6% in the summer of 2003. The summer 2005 use rate was 0.5% higher than the rate for the summer of 2004 (79.9%), which was about 5 points higher than any previous use rate. It should be noted, however, that any differences between annual use rates might be attributable to differences in travel patterns or other extraneous variables, such as increases in gas prices and the resulting reduction in pleasure trips, rather than solely to changes in driver and occupant behavior.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01011121
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTRC 06-R4, Project No. CSC 1121020 00076249 50013
  • Created Date: Dec 6 2005 8:23PM