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Complete Health Indicator Report of Seatbelt Usage (Self-Reported)

Definition

Percentage of New Jersey adults aged 18 and over who who reported wearing a seat belt always in automobiles.

Numerator

Number of persons aged 18 and over who reported wearing a seat belt always in automobiles.

Denominator

Total number of persons aged 18 and over in the sample survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Data from the New Jersey Risk Factor Survey are intended to represent non-institutionalized adults in households with telephones. Data are collected using a random sample of all possible telephone numbers. Prior to analysis, data are weighted to represent the population distribution of adults by age, sex, and "race"/ethnicity. As with all surveys, however, some residual bias may result from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions) and measurement error (e.g., social desirability or recall). Attempts are made to minimize such error by use of a strict calling protocol (up to 15 calls are made to reach each household), good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision.

Why Is This Important?

Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in New Jersey and in the United States. Seat belt use can help to prevent injuries and death and the use of seat belts is mandatory in New Jersey.

Healthy People Objective: Increase use of safety belts

U.S. Target: 92 percent
State Target: 100 percent

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective IVP-7a''': Increase self-reported adult (age 18+) seat belt use "always" to 100% for the total population, Whites, and Asians; 98% among Blacks; and 99.6% among Hispanics.

How Are We Doing?

In 2017, 90% of New Jersey adults reported that they always use a seat belt when driving or riding in a car.

What Is Being Done?

New Jersey's Seat Belt Law (NJS 39:3-76.2f) signed on January 18th, 2010 requires that all vehicle occupants must wear their seat belt regardless of seating position in a vehicle.

Health Program Information

New Jersey Seat Belt Laws: [http://www.state.nj.us/lps/hts/seatbelts.html] NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety: [https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/index.html]


Related Indicators

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:



Data Tables


Percentage of Adults who Always Wore Seat Belts in Automobiles, by Year, New Jersey and United States, 2011-2017

New Jersey vs. United StatesYearEstimated PercentLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 14
New Jersey201191.090.291.7
New Jersey201288.887.989.6
New Jersey201389.889.090.7
New Jersey201489.488.490.2
New Jersey201591.290.192.1
New Jersey201690.088.891.2
New Jersey201790.289.191.2
United States201193.993.894.0
United States201293.993.894.1
United States201394.294.094.3
United States201494.294.194.3
United States201594.394.294.5
United States201694.494.294.5
United States201794.694.594.8

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective IVP-7a.


Percentage of Adults who Always Wore Seat Belts in Automobiles, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2011-2017 (HNJ2020)

Race/EthnicityYearEstimated PercentLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 35
White201190.990.091.8
White201289.388.390.3
White201390.189.091.0
White201490.088.991.0
White201591.189.992.2
White201690.388.791.8
White201790.689.491.8
Black201189.186.391.4
Black201286.183.388.5
Black201386.683.589.2
Black201486.283.188.9
Black201591.588.793.7
Black201689.185.392.0
Black201788.284.691.0
Hispanic201190.588.392.3
Hispanic201287.985.490.0
Hispanic201389.386.791.5
Hispanic201488.485.790.6
Hispanic201590.186.492.9
Hispanic201691.789.093.7
Hispanic201788.985.591.6
Asian201194.890.997.1
Asian201291.287.394.0
Asian201394.891.696.8
Asian201490.485.893.6
Asian201593.088.195.9
Asian201689.282.393.7
Asian201793.187.796.3
Total201191.090.291.7
Total201288.887.989.6
Total201389.889.090.7
Total201489.488.490.2
Total201591.290.192.1
Total201690.088.891.2
Total201790.289.191.2

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective IVP-7a.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]


Percentage of Adults who Always Use Seat Belts in Automobiles by Gender and Age Group, New Jersey, 2015-2017

SexAge GroupPercentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 8
Male18-3483.280.585.5
Male35-4987.284.889.3
Male50-6490.889.492.0
Male65+90.688.992.0
Female18-3487.985.589.9
Female35-4994.192.695.3
Female50-6495.194.096.0
Female65+95.494.596.2

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]


Percentage of Adults who Always Wore Seat Belts in Automobiles by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2017

Race/EthnicityEstimated PercentLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
White90.689.491.8
Black88.284.691.0
Hispanic88.985.591.6
Asian93.187.796.3
New Jersey90.289.191.2
United States94.694.594.8


Percentage of Adults who Always Use Seat Belts in Automobiles by County, New Jersey, 2015-2017

CountyEstimated PercentLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 22
Atlantic90.387.992.3
Bergen93.190.994.8
Burlington91.188.393.3
Camden89.085.691.8
Cape May88.284.191.4
Cumberland87.184.389.6
Essex90.888.492.8
Gloucester88.084.191.1
Hudson95.982.588.7
Hunterdon92.388.994.7
Mercer91.688.993.6
Middlesex89.786.992.0
Monmouth91.889.493.7
Morris92.289.894.0
Ocean87.384.289.8
Passaic92.490.194.3
Salem84.981.288.0
Somerset93.791.195.6
Sussex89.085.192.0
Union92.390.194.0
Warren93.791.895.2
New Jersey90.589.991.1

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]

References and Community Resources

NJ's Key Highway Safety Laws: [https://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/states/new%20jersey]

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