Table 2-29: Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use

Table 2-29: Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use

(percent)a

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  1994 1996 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
OVERALL Safety Belt Use 58 61 69 67 71 73 75 79 80
Drivers 59 62 70 67 72 74 76 80 81
Passengers 55 59 65 64 68 72 73 77 76
Passenger cars 63 64 71 70 74 76 77 81 81
Drivers 64 65 72 71 75 77 78 U U
Passengers 59 62 68 66 70 74 74 U U
Light trucksb,c 50 56 66 62 68 69 73 U U
Drivers 51 58 67 62 69 70 73 U U
Passengers 49 53 61 60 65 69 72 U U
Vans and sport utility vehiclesc U U U U U U U 83 83
Drivers U U U U U U U U U
Passengers U U U U U U U U U
Pickup trucksc U U U U U U U 69 70
Drivers U U U U U U U U U
Passengers U U U U U U U U U
Motorcycle Helmet Used 63 64 67 N 71 N 58 U U
Operators 67 66 64 N 72 N 59 U U
Riders 54 58 84 N 62 N 48 U U

KEY: U = data are not available.

a Seat belt use is of Fall each year except in 1999 (December), 2001 (June), 2002 (June), 2003 (June), and 2004 (June). Motorcycle helmet use is of Fall each year except in 2002 (June).

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

c Beginning in 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) no longer computes an overall light truck belt use estimate. Instead, belt use is computed separately for motorists in: (1) vans and sport utility vehicles, and (2) pickup trucks.

d 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.

2003-04: Ibid., Safety Belt Use in 2004: Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 809 783 (Washington, DC: 2004), Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/2004/809783.pdf as of Oct. 15, 2004.

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), table 3, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/1999/98obbelt.html as of January 2003.

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.