Early results of seat belt legislation in the United States of America

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Statementby B.J. Campbell, J. Richard Stewart, Frances A. Campbell.
ContributionsStewart, J. Richard., Campbell, Frances A., University of North Carolina (System). Highway Safety Research Center.
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EARLY RESULTS OF SEAT BELT LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The study which documented the impact of laws requiring the wearing of seat belts, included the analysis of (1) changes in belt use rates observed on the highways among those required by law to use belts; (2) changes in non-fatal and fatal motor vehicle crash injuries among those required by law to use belts.

The first seat belt law—federal law Title 49 of the United States Code, ChapterMotor Vehicle Safety Standard—took effect in The law required manufacturers to fit seat belts into vehicles.

Yet, the use of seat belts didn’t become mandatory until each state in the U.S. established their own seat belt laws. Most seat belt laws in the United States are left to the states and territories.

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However, the first seat belt law was a federal law, Title 49 of the United States Code, ChapterMotor Safety Standard, which took effect on January 1,that required all vehicles (except buses) to be fitted with seat belts in all designated seating positions.

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The seat belt is one of our best protections in a car crash. In fact, according to the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, “seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes as more than half (range from 53%. In19 states had primary enforcement seat belt laws, which enable police officers to ticket a driver solely for lack of wearing a seat belt, which greatly increased belt usage in those states.

The NHTSA reports that fatality rates of motor-vehicle accidents have dramatically reduced since the enactment of seat belt laws by state legislatures. Belt use was just percent in Michigan before the state adopted a mandatory seat belt law in But use has now climbed to percent, according to the Michigan Office of.

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Seat Belt Use—Overall Results, January (PDF, KB) Seat Belt Use—States and Territories, June (PDF, KB) 1. Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the.

fine. But in many states, fines for violating seat belt laws are so small that they don’t motivate people to wear their seat belt. Increasing a seat belt fine from $5 to $ can increase seat belt use by more than 10 percentage points.

even a modest increase can make a. There are safety belt laws in all states in the United States with the exception of New Hampshire.

In certain states, these seat belt laws may only cover front-seat occupants, but seat belt laws in 26 states as well as the District of Columbia cover both front and rear-seat occupants.

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Most of the other highly-motorised countries had done so in the early and mid-seventies (Adams, ). In in the United States frustrated seat belt campaigners were presenting similar claims for the life saving benefits of a seat belt law to a Congressional Inquiry.

"Mandatory safety belt. Most automatic belts worked by mounting the belt directly to the door, up by the windshield, then whirring the belt back towards the seat with a little motor. Whirrrrrrr every time you got in the. Results revealed a statistically significant decline of % in the rate of front-seat fatalities in the first eight states with seat belt laws.

The fatality rate declined % in states with primary enforcement laws and United States implemented compulsory belt use laws. The objective of this study was to. The wearing of seat belts is compulsory for drivers and front-seat passengers in the District of Columbia and all states except New Hampshire, where only those under 18 are required to belt up.

Seat belt laws usually apply to children in any seat and in some states, adult passengers in. Seat belt use rates in the United States has been rising steadily sincefrom 14% to 90% in Seat belt use in the country in ranged from a minimum of % in New Hampshire to a maximum of % in Georgia. 19 states had use rates above 90%.

However, the requirement would be waived if states representing two-thirds of the United States population enacted mandatory laws on seat belt use by April 1,   Seat belt use in states with no enforcement laws - U.S. Share of car users using front seat belts in Italyby macro-region Share of car users using rear seat belts in.

State Legislative Activities Concerning the Use of Seat Belts -- United States, Representatives of automotive safety, the insurance industry, and public health have for many years advocated greater use of child safety seats and seat belts to substantially reduce the morbidity, mortality, and costs associated with motor vehicle collisions.

Seat belt laws go against our rights that are given to us in the fourth, fifth, and ninth amendments.

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It also goes against the civil rights section of the fourteenth amendment. While seat belts save people in certain kinds of traffic accidents, people have also been seriously injured and even killed because they used seat. Excluding children who, in all states, are required to be buckled in a child restraint or booster seat by their guardian, the individuals most at risk are ing to a online query conducted by the CDC, car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.

Teens have the lowest rate of seat-belt use compared to any other age group and they also engage in dangerous driving. In the United States, a New York State law in marked the first legislation requiring individuals in the front seat to have on a seat belt while operating a vehicle.

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Footnotes. Footnote 1 This state assesses points for violations. Footnote 2 In California, children weighing more than 40 pounds may be belted without a booster seat if they are seated in the rear seat of a vehicle with only lap belts.

The California rear seat requirement does not apply if there is no rear seat; the rear seats are side-facing jump seats; the rear seats are rear-facing seats.

The next step was "Click it or ticket" laws which allowed police officers to pull a driver over if s/he wasn't wearing a seat belt. The National Safety Council, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, has promoted the adoption of these laws with its Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign, and 20 states now have them.

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Things changed when Ronald Reagan took office. Inas part of an attempt to curtail government waste, the Reagan Administration slashed Federal. As of early34 states and Washington DC have primary-enforcement laws for anyone riding in the front seat of a vehicle, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, a group of state highway safety offices.

Fifteen states have secondary laws for adults riding in front seats. Current federal rule-making requires restraints such as air bags or automatic seat belts in new cars starting with model year unless states with two-thirds of the United States population enact seat belt use laws meeting certain criteria.

Belt use laws have been enacted by 26 states and the District of Columbia as of July 1, Currently 28 states enforce seat belt laws for all passengers. Belted passengers riding with an unbelted passenger are 2 to 5 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a crash relative to when all.

RESULTS: Inseat belt use among adults ranged from % to % in the states and territories. Seat belt use was % in states and territories with primary enforcement laws and % in states with secondary enforcement laws.

DISCUSSION: Seat belt use continues to increase in the United States. This statute amended the former seatbelt law.1 The old law incorporated the term "contributory negligence", before Tennessee's landmark decision of McIntyre ine.2 After the McIntyre decision, there was confusion among the trial courts as to whether the seat belt law still barred introduction of non-use.4 The new law was intended to settle this confusion, however, and issue has .10 states do not have laws enforcing rear seat belt use.

Of states with primary front seat belt use laws, 11 states and the Virgin Islands do not include rear seats; Of states with secondary front seat belt use laws, 9 states do not include rear seats.

New Hampshire has enacted neither a primary nor a secondary seat belt law for adults in any.