(6) Basic Facts About Teen Crashes (4) Cell Phone Use (2) Comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) (1) Drowsy Driving/Fatigue (1) Emotions (1) Hazard Detection (3) Impaired Driving (2) Inexperience (6) Miles to Go (1) Nighttime Driving (4) Other Risk Factors (4) Parental Involvement (4) Passengers as Deadly Distractions - Peers and Older Teen Passengers (1) Risk to Child Passengers From Teen Driver (2) Seat Belt Use (2) Speeding (1) Teens With Special Needs (9) Teen Driver Background
Seat Belt Use
- U.S. high school students who reside in states with a primary enforcement seat belt law are 12 percent more likely to wear a seat belt as a driver and 15 percent more likely to buckle up as a passenger than those living in states with a secondary enforcement seat belt law.
- As teens move through the stages of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), they are more likely to stay buckled up in primary enforcement states than in secondary enforcement states.
- Primary seat belt laws should be part of any state's strategy to reduce teen crash deaths. In states with significant resistance to enacting a primary enforcement seat belt law, include it as a provision in their GDL program.
Source: Garcia-Espana F, Durbin DR, and Winston FK. Safety Belt Laws and Disparities in Safety Belt Use Among U.S. High School Drivers. American Journal of Public Health. 2012 Jun; 102(6):1128-1134.