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Health Indicator Report of Seat Belt Use Among Adolescents

Motor vehicle-related injuries kill more children and young adults than any other single cause in the United States and are the leading cause of death from injury for people of all ages (1). In 2009, motor vehicle crashes took the lives of more than 300 people in New Mexico, including 77 adolescents, age 15-24. (2) Use of child safety seats and safety belts and deterrence of alcohol-impaired driving are among the most important preventive measures to further reduce motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths (1).

Percentage of Students Who Never or Rarely Wore a Seat Belt by County, New Mexico 2013


Rates for Chaves County, Harding County, and Union County were supressed because of inadequate response rates from those counties. The NM rate was calculated from the standard CDC YRRS dataset and is consistent with the rates found on the CDC Website. The county rates were calculated from a special New Mexico dataset that has a larger survey sample size.

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.


Percentage of students who answered rarely or never wore a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else


Number of students who answered, "Never" or "Rarely", to the question, "How often do you wear a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else?"


Number of students who answered the question, "How often do you wear a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else?"

Healthy People Objective: IVP-15, Increase use of safety belts

U.S. Target: 92.4 percent

Evidence-based Practices

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends the following measures for increasing the use of seat belts and other automobile restraint devices: * Laws mandating the use of restraints * Primary (vs. secondary) enforment laws * Enhanced enforcements programs For more information, please visit
Page Content Updated On 11/26/2014, Published on 12/01/2014
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Content updated: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:35:12 MST