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).
Data SourceNew Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
DefinitionPercentage of students who answered rarely or never wore a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else
NumeratorNumber 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?"
DenominatorNumber 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 beltsU.S. Target: 92.4 percent
Evidence-based PracticesThe 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.
Page Content Updated On 11/26/2014, Published on 12/01/2014