GHSA Concerned by Increase in Traffic Fatalities; Applauds Federal Efforts to Focus on Driver Behavior
Most strategies for encouraging seat belt use by adults focus on drivers and front seat passengers, but rear seat belt use by adults is lower than front seat belt use and warrants attention. In 2013, 883 unbelted rear seat passenger vehicle occupants age 8 and older died in traffic crashes in the United States.
This report takes a close look at the issue by examining rear seat belt use rates, state laws and enforcement, and public education efforts. It makes recommendations for states to help boost rear seat belt use through programs and policies.
This report, made possible with funding from The Allstate Foundation, details promising programs and practices that states are using to encourage teens to wear their seat belts every time they drive or ride in a vehicle. The programs listed can serve as road maps to other states and stakeholders concerned about keeping young drivers safe on our roads.
Opportunities for improving the response to insufficient teen seat belt use are also identified, as well as recommendations for states to consider as they mobilize resources and programs to address this critical issue.