Table 2-29: Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use (percent)a

Table 2-29: Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use (percent)a

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  1994 1996 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
OVERALL Safety Belt Use 58 61 69 67 71 73 75
Drivers 59 62 70 67 72 74 76
Passengers 55 59 65 64 68 72 73
Passenger cars 63 64 71 70 74 76 77
Drivers 64 65 72 71 75 77 78
Passengers 59 62 68 66 70 74 74
Light trucksb 50 56 66 62 68 69 73
Drivers 51 58 67 62 69 70 73
Passengers 49 53 61 60 65 69 72
Motorcycle Helmet Usec 63 64 67 N 71 N 58
Operators 67 66 64 N 72 N 59
Riders 54 58 84 N 62 N 48

KEY: N = data do not exist.

aSeat belt use is of Fall each year except in 1999 (December), 2001 (June), and 2002 (June). Motorcycle helmet use is of Fall each year except in 2002 (June).

b Includes pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and sport utility vehicles.

c In 1994, operators and riders were counted as helmeted if wearing any type of helmet. Since then, 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.

NOTE

Occupants of commercial and emergency vehicles are excluded.

SOURCES

Safety belt use:

1994-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safety Belt and Helmet Use in 2002 -- Overall Results, DOT HS 809 500 (Washington, DC: 2002), table 1, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/809-500.pdf as of January 2003. Data are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).

Motorcycle helmet use:

1994-98: 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-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/1999/98obbelt.html as of January 2003, table 3.

2000, 2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safety Belt and Helmet Use in 2002 -- Overall Results, DOT HS 809 500 (Washington, DC: 2002), table 6, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/809-500.pdf as of January 2003. Data are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).