Appendix A

Teen Belt NHTSA Interview Guidelines

PIRE researcher Scott McKnight talked to NHTSA staff to gain information about safety belt programs for teens, as well as any other pertinent information. The discussion was open and touched on the following items:

  • past and current programs that deal specifically with increasing safety belt use among teens, particularly programs that seem to be particularly innovative and/or successful;

  • past or current programs that deal with changing general safety behavior of teens;

  • any research that has generated statistics on the effectiveness of safety belt programs with respect to teens;

  • theories on why teens fail to buckle up;

  • ideas for approaches to teen safety belt programs that may not yet have been tried; and

  • contacts in States or other agencies who might be of further assistance.

Past and current programs that will be discussed include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • safety belt use laws;

  • high-visibility enforcement;

  • increased sanctions;

  • incentive programs;

  • parental management;

  • school and employer policies;

  • vehicle strategies; and

  • other public health interventions.