Finding the best route to increasing seat belt use
More than 90% of drivers and passengers are using seat belts. We know that thanks to the annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, which Westat conducts for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Each state also conducts its own annual survey of seat belt use. However, the states’ surveys haven’t been uniform, which has made comparing seat belt use in different areas of the country difficult.
Thanks to a recent change in a federal rule, state seat belt surveys must now meet new specific criteria to ensure consistency in their design and execution. The NHTSA asked Westat to assist them in their review of the designs of every state survey to make sure they adhere to the criteria.