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Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use

Dataset Excel: 
Notes: 

Occupants of commercial and emergency vehicles are excluded. Passengers in cars and light trucks include right front only.

Description: 

KEY:   R = revised; U = data are not available.

a Seat belt use is as of the Fall each year except in 1999 (December), 2001 (June), 2002 (June), 2003 (June), 2004 (June), 2005 (June).  Motorcycle helmet use is as of the Fall each year except in 1996 (January), 2002 (June), 2004 (June), and 2005 (June).

b Beginning in 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) no longer computes an overall light truck belt use estimate.  Instead, belt use is computed separately for motorists in: (1) vans and sport utility vehicles, and (2) pickup trucks. Additionally, NHTSA no longer reports separate statistics for passengers and drivers, except at the overall level.

c Includes pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and sport utility vehicles.

d  In 1994, Riders (Operators) and Passengers were counted as helmeted if wearing any type of helmet.  Since then, only those  Riders (Operators) and Passengers wearing safety helmets that met U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards were counted. Those safety helmets that do not meet DOT standards were treated as if the operator/rider were not wearing a helmet. 

Source: 

Safety belt use:

1994-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safety Belt and Helmet Use in 2002 -- Overall Results, DOT HS 809 500 (Washington, DC: 2002), table 1, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809500.PDF as of June 24, 2009. 

2003: Ibid., Safety Belt Use in 2003, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 809 646 (Washington, DC: 2003), available at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/airbags/809646.pdf as of June 24, 2009.

2004: Ibid., Safety Belt use in 2005–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 809 932 (Washington, DC: 2005), available at http://www.westernite.org/Sections/sbr/articles/Seatbelt-usage.pdf as of June 24, 2009. 

2005-06: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2006–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 810 677 (Washington, DC: 2006), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810677.PDF as of June 24, 2009.

2007: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2008–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 811 036 (Washington, DC: 2008), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811036.PDF as of June 24, 2009.

2008: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2009–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 811 100 (Washington, DC: 2009), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811100.PDF as of July 6, 2010.

2009: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2010–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 811 378 (Washington, DC: 2010), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811378.pdf as of Sept. 2010.

2010: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2011–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 811 544 (Washington, DC: 2011), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811544.pdf as of December. 2011.DC: 2010.

2011: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2012–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 811 691(Washington, DC: 2012), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811691.pdf as of  April 2013.

2012: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2013–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 811 875(Washington, DC: 2014), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811875.pdf as of  June 2014.

2013: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2014–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 812 113(Washington, DC: 2015), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812113.pdf as of  June 2015.

2014-15: Ibid., Seat Belt Use in 2015–Overall Results, Traffic Safety Facts, Research Note DOT HS 812 113(Washington, DC: 2016), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812113.pdf as of  February 2016.

Motorcycle helmet use:

1994-98: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Research Note, Observed Safety Belt Use in 1998 (Washington, DC: September 1999), table 3, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/1999/98obbelt.html as of January 2003. 

2000, 2002: Ibid., Safety Belt and Helmet Use in 2002 -- Overall Results, DOT HS 809 500 (Washington, DC: 2002), table 6, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/809-500.pdf as of January 2003.

2004: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2005 -- Overall Results, DOT HS 809 937 (Washington, DC: 2005), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/2005/809-937/images/... as of Oct. 16, 2006. 

2005-06: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2006 -- Overall Results, DOT HS 810 678 (Washington, DC: 2006), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/2005/809-937/images/... as of June 8, 2007. 

2007: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2008–Overall Results, DOT HS 811 044 (Washington, DC: 2008), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811044.PDF as of June 24, 2009. 

2008: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2009–Overall Results, DOT HS 811 254 (Washington, DC: 2008), available at www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811254.PDF as of July 6, 2010. 

2009: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2010–Overall Results, DOT HS 811 419 (Washington, DC: 2010), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811419.pdf as of December 2011. 

2010: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2011–Overall Results, DOT HS 811 610 (Washington, DC: 2012), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811610.pdf as of April 2013. 

2011: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2012–Overall Results, DOT HS 811 759 (Washington, DC: 2013), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811759.pdf as of May 2013. 

2012: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2013–Overall Results, DOT HS 812 010 (Washington, DC: 2014), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812010.pdf as of June 2014. 

2013: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2014–Overall Results, DOT HS 812 110 (Washington, DC: 2015), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812110.pdf as of June 2015. 

2014-15: Ibid., Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2015–Overall Results, DOT HS 812 110 (Washington, DC: 2016), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812110.pdf as of February 2016.