Thousands of people still die because they didn’t buckle up.
December 23, 2014
Study looks at boosting rear-seat safety
Restraint system changes might make sitting in back even safer, especially for adults.
January 24, 2013
Drivers support stronger belt reminders
Among in-vehicle technologies to encourage belt use, results of a new survey show that most motorists support enhanced belt reminders that are more persistent and intense than most U.S. vehicles have now, but belt interlocks still would be a hard sell.
Parents want rear belt reminders for kids
More than three-quarters of drivers surveyed in a new national poll would support belt reminders that alert them when children in back seats aren’t buckled.
September 20, 2012
LATCH, belt reminders on tap for rulemakings
The recently passed transportation funding law known as MAP-21 includes a number of important safety-related provisions.
March 6, 2012
Intermittent belt reminders work well
Enhanced belt reminders that chime intermittently are just as effective as those that chime continuously for 90 seconds but are less annoying.
March 1, 2011
Higher fines get more people to buckle up
Increasing fines for violating safety belt laws can boost compliance, new research shows.
December 2, 2010
Drivers admit to risky habits in survey
Drivers sat texting while driving, speeding and running red lights are dangerous but admit to doing them anyway.
August 3, 2010
Maine shows benefit of primary belt law
Maine's upgrade to a primary safety belt law, combined with high-visibility enforcement, boosted belt use, a government study shows.
July 11, 2009
Click It or Ticket still works
Front seat belt use climbed to 84 percent in 2008, thanks largely to Click It or Ticket enforcement efforts.
Reaching safety belt holdouts
Increased enforcement and primary belt laws are two of the ways states can boost belt use rates.
Enhanced belt reminders save lives
A new study shows belt reminders that go beyond what's required reduce driver fatality risk by 2 percent.
November 25, 2008
School buses are the focus of new rule
A new federal rule will require higher seat backs in all new school buses and lap/shoulder belts in all new small school buses.
September 9, 2008
Study supports belt use by mothers-to-be
Pregnant women shouldn't be afraid of harming their fetuses by buckling up. In fact, if they all did so, half of all pregnancy losses in crashes could be prevented, research shows.
June 9, 2008
Belt reminders get holdouts to buckle up
Enhanced belt reminders increase belt use by front seat occupants 3-4 percent, federal researchers have found.
October 13, 2007
Belt slack to blame for some injuries
Study suggests safety belt force limiters may contribute to some crash injuries even as they prevent others.
June 13, 2006
Enhanced belt reminders do their job
Persistent safety belt reminders in Honda vehicles increased belt use among drivers from 84 to 90 percent.
February 25, 2006
Belt use is up but lags at night
Safety belt use has topped 80 percent for two years in a row, but two new studies confirm that the rate is lower at night. Enforcement can help raise it.
Two more states get primary belt laws
One reason the belt use rate in Pennsylvania is low is that it allows only for secondary enforcement. Alaska and Mississippi are the latest states to upgrade to primary belt laws.
August 6, 2005
Safety features have saved 300,000 lives
Federal motor vehicle safety standards and various safety technologies saved 328,551 lives from 1960 to 2002, a government study has found.
In other highway safety news …
Washington's belt law withstands a legal challenge; research supports DWI policies; most drivers think they're above average; a final tire pressure monitoring rule is issued.
January 31, 2005
All back seats to get lap/shoulder belts
The change comes in response to a congressional mandate and is intended to improve child safety.
January 13, 2005
Primary belt laws would save 700 lives per year
Safety belt use laws in only 21 states and the District of Columbia are primary, meaning police may stop vehicles solely for belt law violations. But in most states, police cannot stop vehicles for this infraction alone. When states strengthen their laws from secondary enforcement to primary, driver death rates decline by an estimated 7 percent, a new study finds.
November 18, 2004
Many deaths in vehicle-animal collisions are avoidable
Most of the motor vehicle crash deaths in collisions with animals occur in subsequent events when a vehicle runs off the road or a motorcyclist falls off the bike. Many of these deaths wouldn't occur with appropriate protection, such as safety belts and motorcycle helmets.
August 1, 2004
In other highway safety news…
State legislators have been busy working on laws about safety belts, motorcycle helmets and alcohol-impaired driving.
March 27, 2004
Automakers try variety of belt reminders
Automakers are using a variety of lights and chimes to gently nag drivers to buckle up. Most manufacturers go beyond the brief reminder that is required.
September 25, 2003
Highway safety legislation in the states
Two states get stronger belt laws, but Pennsylvania lawmakers weaken their state's motorcycle helmet use law.
January 11, 2003
Washington state leads in belt use
A newly enacted primary safety belt law, along with stepped-up enforcement, has pushed Washington's belt use rate up to 93 percent.
Drivers favor safety belt enforcement
Most California drivers say they like their state's belt use law. There's no reason for politicians to shy away from tough belt use enforcement.
OSHA rejects belt use petition
The Institute is asking the agency to reconsider its denial of a petition to require private-sector workers to buckle up on the job. Such a rule would be cheap and effective.
September 14, 2002
Lap belts won’t help in school buses
Adding lap belts to school buses won't make them safer, but lap and shoulder belts would help if they're not misused, NHTSA has concluded.
May 22, 2002
Many teens fail to buckle up even when their parents do
Belt use among high school students is lower than among other occupants in passenger vehicles. Even when adults are driving and using belts themselves, many teens riding with them aren't buckling up, a recent survey finds.
March 16, 2002
Few states improve highway safety laws
Little progress was made in the states in 2001 when it comes to passing new highway safety laws and strengthening the ones on the books.
February 9, 2002
Racial disparities in safety belt use
African American drivers are less likely than white or Hispanic drivers to buckle up, but the difference disappears in states with primary belt use laws.
December 20, 2001
Ford belt reminder system gets more drivers to buckle up
A unique safety belt reminder system installed in late model Ford passenger vehicles has increased driver belt use from 71 to 76 percent, a new study has found. While the federal government requires belt reminders to activate for only eight seconds when cars are started, Ford's system flashes and chimes intermittently over several minutes if a driver doesn't buckle up.
November 15, 2001
'Click it or ticket' expands
Seven more states have adopted the safety belt campaign in the wake of North Carolina's success.
December 20, 2000
Best and worst state traffic safety laws
For the first time, IIHS has conducted a comprehensive assessment of key traffic safety laws in every state and the District of Columbia. Researchers rated laws on alcohol-impaired driving, young driver licensing, safety belts, child restraints, motorcycle helmets and laws allowing red light cameras.
July 17, 1999
Reasons for buckling up differ among motorists in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia
July 11, 1998
Cab drivers in the District of Columbia use belts, cite points as the reason
June 6, 1998
Teens still not buckling up as often as other drivers and passengers
March 7, 1998
N.C. belt use peaks at 84 percent; state seeks further gains
February 15, 1997
North Carolina seeks to raise safety belt use even higher
Driver license points would get nonusers to use belts
December 7, 1996
Australian belt use rates continue to climb
July 6, 1996
Insurers join automakers in push to increase and improve restraint use
June 1, 1996
Belt use is up to 83 percent statewide in North Carolina
May 4, 1996
Belt use increases among teens but still isn't as high as among older drivers
December 2, 1995
Buckle-up signs increase belt use in two North Carolina communities
July 1, 1995
Belt use in United States isn't keeping up with official goals or with use rates achieved in Canadian provinces
Stronger safety belt laws would help achieve higher use rates
May 6, 1995
Safety belt use is up in California under primary law
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