Table 2-30: Estimated Number of Lives Saved by Use of Restraints

Table 2-30: Estimated Number of Lives Saved by Use of Restraints

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  1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Total 1975-2000
Safety beltsa 978 575 2,435 6,592 9,790 10,414 10,750 11,018 11,197 11,889 135,102
Air bags 0 0 0 37 470 686 842 1,043 1,263 1,584 6,553
Motorcycle helmets 823 871 788 602 506 490 486 500 551 631 17,787
Age 21 minimum legal drinking age 412 595 701 1,033 851 846 846 861 901 922 20,043
Child restraints 36 49 153 222 279 365 312 299 307 R316 R4,816
Safety seats 33 39 135 193 232 313 266 244 277 282 4,118
Adult safety beltsb 3 10 18 29 47 52 46 55 30 33 697

KEY: R = revised.

a Represents all adults and children age 5 and older. Data are for passenger vehicles, which include cars, light trucks, vans, pickups, and utility vehicles. Excludes medium and heavy trucks.

b Represents children age 4 and younger restrained only by adult safety belts.

NOTE

Total reflects lives saved for all years from 1975 to 2000.

SOURCES

Motorcycle helmets:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2001: Motorcycles (Washington, DC: 2002) DOT HS 809 473, and personal communication, Apr. 5, 2000.

Minimum drinking age:

Ibid., Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2001: Alcohol (Washington, DC: 2002) DOT HS 809 470, and personal communication, Apr. 5, 2000.

All other restraint use:

Ibid., Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2001: Occupant Protection (Washington, DC: 2002) DOT HS 809 474, and personal communication, Apr. 5, 2000.