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Seat belt, DWI, and other traffic violations among recent immigrants in Florida and Tennessee : traffic tech.
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    The rapidly changing racial and ethnic composition of the

    U.S. population is important to traffic safety specialists

    because involvement in fatal traffic crashes varies across

    racial and ethnic groups. Some research suggests that certain

    minority groups may be over-represented in motor vehicle

    crashes because recent immigrants may lack an understanding

    of traffic laws and regulations, especially among less

    acculturated immigrants coming from countries where traffic

    laws are not well enforced. Other research suggests just

    the opposite: that as immigrants become more acculturated,

    they may be at greater risk.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined

    all 50 States to identify those whose traffic safety

    databases contain residency status. Of the four States identified,

    driver history databases in Florida and Tennessee

    were analyzed for four traffic safety violations—seat belt

    non-use, DWI, speeding, and failure to obey traffic signals

    or signs—for drivers of different immigrant status. This

    analysis provides objective information about certain traffic

    safety behaviors and violations among recent and long-time


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