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Important Facts for Seat Belt Usage by Drivers and Front Seat Passengers (Observed)


Percentage of drivers and front seat passengers observed wearing seat belts


Number of drivers and front seat passengers observed wearing seat belts


Number of drivers and front seat passengers observed

Why Is This Important?

For adults and older children (who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly), seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.[ ^1^]

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective IVP-7c''': Increase observed seat belt use by drivers and front seat passengers to 100%.

How Are We Doing?

Observed seat belt use by adult front-seat passengers fluctuated between 87.6% and 94.5% over the course of the decade and the Healthy NJ 2020 target of 100% was not achieved.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

New Jersey's seat belt usage rate was consistently above that of the nation as a whole until 2019.

What Is Being Done?

New Jersey's seat belt laws, recommendations, initiatives, and information: []

Health Program Information

[ NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety] [ New Jersey 2020 Strategic Highway Safety Plan]
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