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Title:Pilot Project to Develop and Implement a Rural Youth Occupant Protection Education Platform
Authors:Andrea Huseth and Tamara VanWechel
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Oct 2010
Report #:MPC-10-230
Project #:MPC-308
TRID #:01324990
Keywords:adolescents, children, highway safety, information dissemination, occupant protection devices, rural areas, traffic safety education



Occupant protection is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to protect yourself when riding in a motor vehicle. Yet many North Dakota youth, especially rural youth, fail to wear their seat belts, even with a primary seat belt law for children under the age of 18 in the state of North Dakota. The primary goal of this project was to integrate occupant protection education of 'tweens' (youths aged 10 to 14) with one of the most widely known youth programs in North Dakota – 4-H. Education modules which were developed and compiled were not implemented due to a lack of partners. However, resources developed and knowledge gained will be used in future projects. Disseminating traffic safety education information through the 4-H program is possible as evidenced by success stories in other states outlined in this report.

How to Cite

Huseth, Andrea, and Tamara VanWechel. Pilot Project to Develop and Implement a Rural Youth Occupant Protection Education Platform, MPC-10-230. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2010.

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