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Seat belts save lives and NHTSA provides national leadership in planning and developing traffic injury control safety programs in the areas of seat belts, child car seat use, and automatic occupant protection systems (e.g., air bags).

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Latest Reports  

  • Summary of Vehicle Occupant Protection and Motorcycle Laws  
    This publication provides summary charts of the key provisions of State occupant protection and motorcycle laws, and detailed lists of these laws in every State, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Such laws include requiring the use of (1) seat belts, (2) child passenger restraint devices (child car seats and booster seats), and (3) motorcycle or bicycle helmets. Also included are laws concerning age restrictions for motorcycle passengers and laws that prohibit riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Except as noted, the State laws reported are current as of November 15, 2013.
  • Hospital Discharge Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children  
    Best practice recommendations developed by an expert working group convened by NHTSA
  • Evaluation of a High-Visibility Enforcement Seat Belt Program on the Blue Ridge Parkway  
    The National Park Service implemented a high-visibility seat belt enforcement program on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP), involving low-cost media and strong enforcement partnerships, activity associated with significant increases in observed seat belt use on the BRP.

Research on Seat Belts
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U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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