Press Release Detail
Media Contact:Dana Mortensen
Media Relations Specialist
April 19, 2012
Teen Seat Belt Use Is Significantly Higher In States With Stronger Laws
While most teens do buckle up when driving, new research shows that novice teen drivers who live in states with so-called “secondary enforcement” seat belt laws are less likely to use the life-saving devices than those in “primary enforcement” states. The research, conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm®, is published in the American Journal of Public Health. The research found seat belt use rates differed as teens moved through the probationary licensing process known as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL).