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Table 6-7 Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use: 2000, 2010-2013

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Percent

  2000 2010 2011 2012 2013
Overall Safety Belt Use 71 85 84 86 87
Drivers 72 86 84 87 88
Right-Front Passengers 68 83 82 84 85
Passenger cars 74 86 85 87 88
Vans and sport utility vehicles U 88 87 89 90
Pickup trucks U 75 74 77 78
Motorcycle Helmet Useb 71 54 66 60 60
Operators 72 55 67 63 62
Passengers 62 51 64 46 50

KEY: U = data are unavailable.

a Seat belt use is as of the Fall each year. Motorcycle helmet use is as of the Fall each year.

b Only those operators and riders wearing safety helmets that met U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards are counted. Those safety helmets that do not meet DOT standards are treated as if the operator/rider were not wearing a helmet.

NOTE: Occupants of commercial and emergency vehicles are excluded.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts: Research Notes, Seat Belt Use (Annual issues); and Motorcycle Helmet Use—Overall Results (Annual issues). Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov as of June 2014 as cited in USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-30, available at http://www.bts.gov as of March 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017