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a High Belt Use Rate: A Guide for Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs
PDF version posted 6/01
This is a short How To Guide for communities who want to do a selective
traffic enforcement program (sTEP). It describes how Chemong County (Elmira),
NY increased their seat belt use rate from 63 percent to 90 percent in
three short weeks. The Guide describes leadership and coordination, enforcement
strategies, public information and education messages, and includes data
sheets to track progress.
of Maryland, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia's Seat Belt Law Change
to Primary Enforcement posted 6/01
In 1997, these three jurisdictions upgraded their seat belt laws to primary
enforcement, where an officer can issue a seat belt citation whenever
an unbelted driver is observed. Belt use increased from 71 to 83 percent
in Maryland, 47 to 56 percent in Oklahoma, and 66 to 80 percent in the
District of Columbia upon passage of the new laws.
Protection Special Traffic Enforcement Program Evaluation
This evaluation report explains the Special Traffic Enforcement Program
(sTEP) and demonstrates that high visibility enforcement combined with
public awareness conducted in periodic waves can increase seat belt use
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Children - A Guide to Child Traffic Safety Laws (posted
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) produced this manual for
state legislators concerning traffic safety laws. The guide contains policy issues
related to children in the areas of occupant protection, school bus safety, pedestrian
and bicycle safety, child endangerment, drunk driving and teen drivers.
For copies contact the NCSL at (303) 364-7700.