NHTSA Study Aims to Improve “Tween” Seat Belt Use

By John Page on November 27, 2012 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a campaign to improve the use of seat belts among “tweens,” the age group from 8 to 15-years-old. Seat belt campaigns have recently been aimed at younger children, who need safety seats, and older teens, who are driving for the first time. Now, the NHTSA is also taking aim at the age group in the middle.

Tween Seat Belt CampaignThe study involved over 14,000 students ages 8-15 as well as parents. Children were shown educational videos and other information about such tween seat belt-related issues as sitting in the back seat, remembering to buckle up, and using the lap and shoulder parts of the seat belt properly. Researchers measured seat belt use among tweens both before and after the various educational and media interventions.

The study found that, after learning about the importance of buckling up, seat belt use among tweens rose as much as 20 percent, with riding in the back seat for tweens rising 23 percent. By the end of the study, 90 percent of tweens were wearing seat belts when the driver of the vehicle was also wearing a seat belt.

Seat belt use is a simple way to prevent or reduce the risk of many types of car accident injuries. If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident, the tireless auto accident attorneys in St. Louis at Page Law can help you fight for the compensation you need and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

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