Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Usage in Oregon Public Deposited

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  • In ¬¬¬¬2009 the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted the “Safety Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey” for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The survey found that, nationally, 74% of commercial truck drivers wear their safety belts at all times. In the western region of the United States, safety belt usage was 79%. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) wishes to verify whether this statistic holds true in the state of Oregon, and use this information to explore a variety of options for increasing safety belt usage. This study presented herein determined that 73.5% of commercial truck drivers wear their safety belts in the state of Oregon. Fatal crash data was examined for the states of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. It was found that Idaho and Nevada had significantly higher rates of fatal crashes in which the truck driver was not wearing a safety belt. Because of this, the safety belt laws for each state were examined. Idaho and Nevada were found to have a secondary safety belt law, rather than a primary law, meaning that a driver cannot be cited for failure to wear a safety belt unless the vehicle is stopped for another traffic violation.
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