Figure 1 - Estimated Number of Lives Saved Each Year by Use of Safety Belts: 1975-2000

Figure 1 - Estimated Number of Lives Saved Each Year by Use of Safety Belts: 1975-2000

(Lives Saved)

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Year Lives Saved
1975 978
1976 796
1977 682
1978 679
1979 594
1980 575
1981 548
1982 678
1983 809
1984 1,197
1985 2,435
1986 4,094
1987 5,141
1988 5,959
1989 6,333
1990 6,592
1991 7,011
1992 7,390
1993 8,347
1994 9,206
1995 9,790
1996 10,414
1997 10,750
1998 11,018
1999 11,197
2000 11,889

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts 2000: Occupant Protection (Washington, DC: 2001).