|OVERALL BELT USE||58||61||69||71|
KEY: U = data are not available.
a Includes pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and sport utility vehicles.
b In 1994, operators and riders were counted as helmeted if wearing any type of helmet. In 1996 and 1998, only those operators and riders wearing safety helmets that met U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards were counted. Those safety helmets that do not meet DOT standards were treated as if the operator/rider were not wearing a helmet.
c The results from the 2000 National Occupant Protection Use Survey were not published to the same degree of precision as previous years' data.
NOTE: Occupants of commercial and emergency vehicles are excluded.
1994-1998: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Research Note, Observed Safety Belt Use in 1998, (Washington, DC: September 1999), Internet site http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/ncsa/98obbelt.html as of Apr. 6, 2000, table 3.
2000: Ibid., Research Note, Observed Safety Belt Use: Fall 2000 National Occupant Protection Use Survey Internet site http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/ncsa/pdf/00-035.pdf as of Aug. 20, 2001, tables 1 and 4. Data are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), Moving Traffic Study, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000.