Table 5-7 Estimated Lives Saved by Occupant Protection, Motorcycle Helmets, and Drinking Age Laws: 2005–2011

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  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Safety beltsa 15,688 15,458 15,223 13,312 12,763 12,582 11,949
Air bags 2,752 2,824 2,800 2,557 2,387 2,315 2,204
Motorcycle helmets 1,554 1,667 1,788 1,836 1,486 1,556 1,617
Age 21 minimum legal drinking age 882 888 831 716 626 552 533
Child restraints 424 427 388 286 307 303 263

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.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lives Saved in 2011 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws (Washington DC: December 2012), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811702.pdf as of January 2013.