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Complete Health Indicator Report of Seat Belt Use Among Adolescents

Definition

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

Numerator

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?"

Denominator

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

Why Is This Important?

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).

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 http://www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi/safetybelts/index.html.


Graphical Data Views

Percentage of Students Who Never or Rarely Wore a Seat Belt by Year, New Mexico and U.S. 2003-2013

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NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage of StudentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 12
New Mexico200311.5%9.0%14.6%1,35910,722
New Mexico20058.4%6.7%10.5%4435,607
New Mexico20078.9%7.6%10.3%2152,620
New Mexico20098.3%6.9%9.9%4245,039
New Mexico20118.0%7.0%9.1%4925,866
New Mexico20137.6%6.6%8.7%4075,439
U.S.200318.2%14.3%22.9%15,107
U.S.200510.2%8.5%12.1%13,892
U.S.200711.1%8.9%13.8%13,892
U.S.20099.7%8.2%11.4%16,220
U.S.20117.7%6.8%9.1%9,526
U.S.20137.6%6.4%9.1%13,559

Data Source

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


Percentage of Students Who Never or Rarely Wore a Seat Belt by Sex and Year, New Mexico 2003-2013 (odd-numbered years)

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Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage of StudentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 12
Male200312.0%10.3%13.9%7935,169
Male200510.2%8.1%12.8%2552,649
Male200711.3%9.9%12.8%1341,271
Male200910.3%8.7%12.1%2642,503
Male20119.7%8.3%11.2%2992,900
Male20138.9%7.2%10.9%2432,772
Female200310.6%6.8%16.2%5255,348
Female20056.4%4.8%8.6%1692,869
Female20076.3%4.9%8.1%771,325
Female20096.3%5.0%7.9%1592,519
Female20116.1%5.2%7.2%1912,958
Female20136.1%5.1%7.3%1612,657

Data Source

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


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

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CountyPercentage of StudentsLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 35
Bernalillo8.8%6.9%11.2%2172,589
Catron21.4%14.3%30.8%1359
Chaves**Sample not representative for this county.
Cibola10.0%7.3%13.5%86854
Colfax2.7%0.7%10.1%5257
Curry10.0%6.5%15.1%32328
De Baca4.4%1.5%12.2%369
Dona Ana6.2%4.2%9.1%861,120
Eddy7.3%5.1%10.4%44631
Grant7.2%5.1%10.2%36530
Guadalupe8.2%5.0%13.2%14164
Harding**Sample not representative for this county.
Hidalgo9.3%5.0%16.8%15166
Lea11.7%7.7%17.5%55485
Lincoln10.1%7.2%14.0%47450
Los Alamos3.2%1.5%6.4%9318
Luna11.5%7.4%17.2%23213
McKinley9.5%6.7%13.4%90669
Mora8.4%5.8%12.0%11123
Otero10.3%6.7%15.6%48594
Quay4.3%2.4%7.5%9203
Rio Arriba10.7%9.2%12.5%104966
Roosevelt9.5%6.4%13.7%19206
Sandoval6.5%4.7%8.8%1141,383
San Juan4.0%3.0%5.2%811,520
San Miguel12.1%8.6%16.7%34296
Santa Fe8.9%7.2%10.9%2282,656
Sierra6.4%4.0%9.9%13150
Socorro9.9%7.1%13.5%33265
Taos10.5%9.1%12.1%78722
Torrance3.9%2.3%6.7%20328
Union**Sample not representative for this county.
Valencia11.0%11.0%11.0%46469
NM7.6%6.6%8.7%4075,439
US7.6%6.4%9.1%13,559

Data Notes

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 Never or Rarely Wore a Seat Belt by Race and Ethnicity, New Mexico 2013

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Race/EthnicityPercentage of StudentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native8.8%7.2%10.8%56631
Asian/Pacific Islander8.2%4.9%13.4%15156
Black/African American12.4%6.8%21.7%13104
Hispanic8.6%7.4%10.1%2402,781
White4.5%3.5%5.7%681,528
New Mexico7.6%6.6%8.7%4075,439
United States7.6%6.4%9.1%13,559

References and Community Resources

References: (1) Guide to Community Preventive Services, Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention. Downloaded from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi/index.html on 01/12/2011. (2) New Mexico Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, New Mexico Department of Health. Retrieved on 01/12/2011 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health website: http://ibis.health.state.nm.us/

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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