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- Seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent, statistically unchanged from 86 percent in 2012. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which is the only survey that provides nationwide probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States.
The NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Seat belt use has shown an increasing trend since 1995, accompanied by a steady decline in the percentage of unre-strained passenger vehicle (PV) occupant fatalities during daytime (Figure 1).
- The 2013 survey also found the following:
- Seat belt use for occupants in heavy traffic increased significantly from 89 percent in 2012 to 90 percent in 2013
- Seat belt use for occupants in the Northeast increased significantly from 80 percent in 2012 to 84 percent in 2013
- Seat belt use continued to be higher in the States in which vehicle occupants can be pulled over solely for not using seat belts (“primary law States”) as compared with the States with weaker enforcement laws (“secondary law States”) or without seat belt laws
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