Table 5-8 Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use: 2005-2012

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Percent

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Overall Safety Belt Use 82 81 82 83 84 85 84 86
Drivers 83 82 83 84 85 86 84 87
Passengers 78 78 81 81 82 83 82 84
Passenger cars 83 82 84 84 86 86 85 87
Vans and sport utility vehicles 85 84 86 86 87 88 87 89
Pickup trucks 73 74 72 74 74 75 74 77
Motorcycle Helmet Useb 48 51 58 63 67 54 66 U
Operators 56 57 59 64 69 55 70 U
Riders 29 33 56 54 55 51 64 U

a Seat belt use is as of the Fall each year except in 2005 (June). Motorcycle helmet use is as of the Fall each year except in 2005 (June).

b Only those operators and riders wearing safety helmets that met U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards are counted. Those safety helmets that do not meet DOT standards are treated as if the operator/rider were not wearing a helmet.

KEY: U = data are unavailable.

NOTE: Occupants of commercial and emergency vehicles are excluded.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts: Research Notes, Seat Belt Use in 2012—Overall Results (Annual issues for specific year); and Motorcycle Helmet Use—Overall Results(Annual issues for specific year), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov as of March 2012.