Belt use by high-risk drivers before and after New York's seat belt use law

Accid Anal Prev. 1988 Aug;20(4):245-50. doi: 10.1016/0001-4575(88)90052-8.


Belt use among drivers traveling on limited access highways was observed before and after New York's mandatory seat belt use law. The results showed that high-speed drivers had lower belt use rates before the law and increased their belt use less in response to the law. Belt use rates before the law were 25%, 29%, and 28% for the high-, medium-, and low-speed groups as compared with 51%, 64%, and 57%, respectively, after the law. High-speed drivers also had inferior previous driving records, confirming their higher risk of motor vehicle crash involvement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration
  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Legislation as Topic*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York
  • Risk Factors
  • Seat Belts*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*