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Title:Measuring Seatbelt Usage Through Existing Traffic Surveillance Systems: Pilot Project
Authors:Mark Lofgren
Publication Date:Jun 2009
Report #:DP-213
TRID #:01472451
Keywords:data collection, intelligent transportation systems, pilot studies, seat belts, traffic safety, traffic surveillance, video cameras
Type:Research Report – Department Publications



Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP) provide states with an excellent opportunity to identify and engage local traffic safety partners in a program under the auspices of the SAFETEA-LU goal to reduce fatalities on the nation's roadways. States have completed the initial plan and have moved into implementation and assessment phases. A critical component in program success and sustainability is reliable traffic safety data. While measures may not be readily available for rigorous assessment of every SHSP facet, it may be possible to enhance available measures by generating additional data through the use of existing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) architecture. This research report explores the capabilities of video camera equipment for observing seatbelt use. The goal of this project is to investigate the potential to utilize existing ITS assets as well as other video cameras and recording systems in occupant protection projects. With the evolution of camera technologies, it may be useful to field test existing ITS assets into the future to determine capabilities and opportunities for collecting reliable traffic safety data.

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