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Title:Seat Belt Use on North Dakota Rural Roads: 2015
Authors:Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
Publication Date:Sep 2015
Report #:DP-285
TRID #:01577523
Keywords:rural highways, safety, seat belts
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 seat belt use on non-interstate rural roads. Understanding tendencies and trends in seat belt use on these rural roads is essential to making wise decisions with regard to efforts to encourage seat belt use in the state. The U.S. Department of Transportation does work with states to measure seat belt use through the long-standing annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS). Results from this survey supplement to NOPUS statewide estimate which also includes urban and interstate travel which are heavily weighted in the final seat belt use estimate.

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How to Cite

Vachal, Kimberly, and Laurel Benson. Seat Belt Use on North Dakota Rural Roads: 2015, DP-285. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2015.

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