Effects of seatbelt laws on highway fatalities
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Effects of seatbelt laws on highway fatalities

  • Published Date:

    1989-11-01

  • Language:
    English
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    Project memorandum
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-SAFETY AND SECURITY ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Human Factors ;
  • Abstract:
    The statistical models used in this update indicate that states which have a seatbelt law have experienced on average a 7.7 percent reduction in frontseat occupant fatalities in vehicles generally covered by laws. That is, on average in any law state, these fatalities are 7.7 percent less than would have been expected in the absence of a law. This result is based on historical relationships of almost 14 years (January 1975 through December 1988) contained in the Fatal Accident Reporting System(FARS) database. Removing any comparison with non-seatbelt law states does not change the result appreciably. It is recognized that some of the savings of lives may be attributable to greater acceptance of seatbelts in the driving population and not just the effects of the law.
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