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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

Data Interpretation Issues

In 2011 NHTSA established new uniform criteria (23 CFR Part 1340) for observational surveys. In the transitional period, NHTSA allowed the states and territories the option to use either the old or new criteria for 2012 surveys. In 2012, twenty-seven States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands used surveys that conformed to the new uniform criteria. From 2013 and beyond all state and territory observational surveys are based on the new criteria.

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 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: []
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