The Tennessee child restraint law in its third year

Am J Public Health. 1981 Feb;71(2):163-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.71.2.163.


Observations of child travel were made in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee, and Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky about two and one-half years after the Tennessee child restraint law went into force. Use of child restraints anchored by seat belts increased in Tennessee from 8 per cent prior to the law to 29 per cent, compared to a change from 11 to 14 per cent in Kentucky, which does not have a child restraint law. Travel in arms, a hazardous practice permitted by the law, was at the same level in Tennessee and Kentucky as prior to passage of the law.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Automobiles*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Kentucky
  • Legislation as Topic*
  • Protective Devices*
  • Restraint, Physical
  • Seat Belts*
  • Tennessee