• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.