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Important Facts for 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.
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Content updated: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:35:12 MST