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Title:

Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use in Virginia: Results of the 1993 Survey to Qualify for Incentive Funds Under ISTEA, Section 153
Authors:
Stoke, Charles B.
Jernigan, Jack D.
Cheryl W. Lynn
Year: 1993
VTRC No.: 94-TAR2
Abstract: Section 153 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) established an incentive grant program to support states in adopting and implementing laws requiring the use of safety belts and motorcycle helmets. Having such laws that applied to all front seat occupants of passenger cars and all motorcycle occupants qualified a state for first-year funding. Second- and third-year funding was dependent upon demonstrating a specified level of compliance with each law. Virginia qualified for both first- and second-year funding. This report contains the methodology and results of an observational survey conducted in Virginia in June and July 1993. This survey was conducted according to guidelines established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The results show that Virginia's safety belt use rate was 73.2 percent, with a standard error of 0.0008. Motorcycle helmet use was observed to be 100 percent. Virginia, therefore, qualifies for third-year funding.