Monday, November 19, 2012

Seat Belt Safety Study

As you can probably tell from past postings on this blog, the topic of seat belt usage has been of paramount importance to us and will continue to be so in the future.

This past week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released information from a recent study they conducted regarding seat belt usage. Their findings indicated that more people across the country are buckling up than ever before.

The survey shows that nationwide seat belt use reached an all-time high of 86 percent in 2012. That’s good news, especially with the upcoming holidays and the record number of people who will be travelling on our nation’s highways this season.

According to NHTSA's annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, seat belt use has steadily increased since 1994, with the record high of 86 percent in 2012 representing a two percent increase over the previous year.

Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have primary belt laws (Kansas), which permit law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seat belt rather than requiring additional traffic violations.

Buckling up your seat belt has been proven to be the single most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in motor vehicle crashes. Most people who die in collisions are not wearing a safety belt.

The Kansas Safety Belt Use Act (KSA 8-2501) requires the following:

• Each occupant of a passenger car who is 14 years of age or older shall have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is in motion.

• Each occupant of a passenger car, at least 14 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age, in any seating position can be cited for this violation (KSA 8-2503(b).

• Front seat occupants of a passenger car who are 18 years of age or older can be cited for this violation.