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Title:Seat Belt Use on North Dakota Rural Roads: 2014
Authors:Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
Publication Date:Oct 2014
Report #:DP-274
TRID #:01544540
Keywords:highway safety, rural areas, seat belt use
Type:Research Report – Department Publications


With the understanding that seat belts are a relatively low-cost safety device, and are an easy primary protection for occupants in passenger vehicles, North Dakota has chosen to continue to measure rural roads seat belt use. The U.S. Department of Transportation works with states to measure seat belt use through the annual National Occupant Passenger Use Survey (NOPUS). However, NOPUS does not include observation sites on local rural roads – the location for 1 in every 3 fatal crashes during the past five years (NDDOT 2008). This study is a continuation of previous measurement of rural seat belt usage in North Dakota.

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How to Cite

Vachal, Kimberly, and Laurel Benson. Seat Belt Use on North Dakota Rural Roads: 2014, DP-274. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2014.

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