Motorists Safer in States with Primary Seat Belt Laws

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A study by the NHTSA reveals motor vehi­cle occu­pants have a 17 per­cent greater chance of being killed if involved in a crash in a state with a sec­ondary enforce­ment seat belt law than in a state with a pri­ma­ry enforce­ment law. States with the low­est seat belt use gen­er­al­ly have weak sec­ondary laws that require offi­cers to wit­ness anoth­er traf­fic law vio­la­tion before stop­ping some­one for not buck­ling up.

Background
Air Bag & Seat Belt Safe­ty Cam­paign is pro­gram of Nation­al Safe­ty Coun­cil
Part­ner­ship of auto­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers, insur­ance com­pa­nies, child safe­ty seat man­u­fac­tur­ers
Also includes gov­ern­ment agen­cies, health pro­fes­sion­als, child health, safe­ty orga­ni­za­tions
Goal to increase use of safe­ty belts, child safe­ty seats, inform pub­lic about val­ue of air bags




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