Health Indicator Report of Seat Belt Usage by Drivers and Front Seat Passengers (Observed)
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.[https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbelts/index.html ^1^]
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective IVP-7c.
Data SourceNational Occupant Protection Use Survey, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US Department of Transportation, [https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/#/PublicationList/28]
Data Interpretation IssuesIn 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.
DefinitionPercentage of drivers and front seat passengers observed wearing seat belts
NumeratorNumber of drivers and front seat passengers observed wearing seat belts
DenominatorNumber of drivers and front seat passengers observed
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 is consistently above that of the nation as a whole.
What Is Being Done?New Jersey's seat belt laws, recommendations, initiatives, and information: [https://www.state.nj.us/lps/hts/seatbelts.html]
Health Program InformationNJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety: [https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/index.html]
Page Content Updated On 08/14/2018, Published on 11/26/2018