Westat expertise was featured at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2017 Government/Industry Meeting, January 25-27, 2017, in Washington, DC. The conference provided opportunities for technical authorities from government, industry, and academia who are leading regulations, pending legislation, and the advanced testing and technology to address issues influencing future decisionmaking within the industry.
Westat was a Friends of the Industry sponsor for the event, and our expertise was featured in the Tech Session: Vehicle Technologies to Increase Seat Belt Usage. Presentations, including Westat’s contribution below, focused on analyzing seat belt use trends and evaluating the use of different vehicle technologies designed to increase seat belt usage.
Adele Polson. Effectiveness of Enhanced Seat Belt Reminders (ESBRs) in Increasing Observed Seatbelt Use.
Ms. Polson’s presentation focused on the results of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-sponsored field observational study that captured seat belt use and, separately, details about the various belt reminder systems in U.S. vehicles. She then discussed the effect of different ESBR features in promoting increased belt use.