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New National Goals

America must set ambitious seat belt and child safety seat use goals. We have an unprecedented opportunity to save lives, prevent injuries, reduce health care and other costs, and improve the lives of all Americans — simply by increasing proper seat belt and child safety seat use. But to do this, we must be bold and reach beyond "business as usual." Bold goals will require commitment and cooperation from everyone living in the United States. America can do it.

  • Increase national seat belt use to 85% by 2000 and 90% by 2005 (from 68% in 1996)

  • Reduce child occupant fatalities (0-4 years) by 15% in 2000 and by 25% in 2005 (from a total of 685 in 1995)
Reaching these goals would result in significant reductions in deaths, injuries, and their economic costs to society. Increasing the seat belt use rate from the current 68 percent (1996) to 85 percent would prevent an estimated 4,194 fatalities and 102,518 injuries annually. This reduction in injuries and deaths would result in an economic savings of approximately $6.7 billion annually (1996 dollars). Increasing the seat belt use rate from the current 68 percent to 90 percent would prevent an estimated 5,536 fatalities and 132,670 injuries annually, and would save $8.8 billion annually.