(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.