Differences in safety belt use by race

Accid Anal Prev. 2004 Nov;36(6):1105-9. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2003.04.001.


The purpose of the study was to identify daytime differences in safety belt use by race. Safety belt use was investigated in a direct observation survey of drivers and front-outboard passengers throughout Michigan. Data were weighted to calculate statewide safety belt use rates by race. Race was assessed visually by trained observers. The study showed that motor vehicle occupants identified as Black had significantly lower safety belt use than those occupants identified as White or Other.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Black or African American* / statistics & numerical data
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Michigan
  • Middle Aged
  • Observation
  • Seat Belts / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sex Factors
  • White People* / statistics & numerical data