EXECUTIVE SUMMARY



The 1998 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey (MVOSS) was the third in a series of biennial national telephone surveys on occupant protection issues conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data collection was conducted by the firm Schulman, Ronca, & Bucuvalas, Inc. (SRBI), a national survey research organization. The survey employed two questionnaires, each administered to a randomly selected national sample of approximately 4,000 persons age 16 and older (with younger ages oversampled). Interviewing began November 5, 1998 and ended January 12, 1999.

This report presents the survey findings pertaining to seat belts. The data are weighted to yield national estimates. Readers are cautioned that some subgroup analyses are based on small numbers of cases. Technical information on confidence intervals is presented in Appendix A so that readers may judge the precision of sample estimates. A full description of the methodology, and the questionnaires, are presented in a separate report.

Seat Belt Use

Reasons For Seat Belt Use And Non-Use

Attitudes Concerning The Utility Of Seat Belts, Risk Perception, And Fatalism

Attitudes, Knowledge, And Experience With Seat Belt Laws And Their Enforcement

Comparison To Prior Year Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Surveys