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Assessing the effectiveness of Montana's vehicle occupant protection program : [summary].
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    States invest extensively in

    occupant protection programs,

    yet the impact these programs

    have on improving seat belt

    compliance rates remains

    unclear. Although seat belt use

    was on the rise in Montana

    prior to 2002, it has stagnated

    at between 76 percent and 81

    percent compliance since that

    time (Montana Department of

    Transportation, 2011). Similar

    trends have been observed at the

    national level. Small declines in

    compliance (79.2 to 78.9 percent

    in 2010), paired with increases in

    fatal crash incidence from 2010

    to 2011, brought seat restraint

    compliance concerns to the

    forefront of Montana Department

    of Transportation (MDT)

    priorities. A 2011 assessment

    by the National Highway Traffic

    Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    recommended that MDT enact

    a suite of measures aimed at

    improving compliance. Among

    these was an evaluation of

    existing occupant protection


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