|OVERALL Safety Belt Use||58||61||69||67||71||73||75||79||80|
|Vans and sport utility vehiclesc||U||U||U||U||U||U||U||83||83|
|Motorcycle Helmet Used||63||64||67||N||71||N||58||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.
Occupants of commercial and emergency vehicles are excluded.
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.